When we mention confusion on DuetsBlog, we’re typically referring to the well-known likelihood of confusion test of trademark infringement. But today, we’re focused on the apparent confusion many have about the important question of: When copyright protection comes into being. If you ever have wondered whether something is or has been “copyrighted,” this

Spring is here! Although it certainly doesn’t look or feel like it up here in Minnesota.  And more importantly, March Madness is here!!!!  Hope you have enjoyed watching the games thus far.

Like the SUPER BOWL and the OLYMPICS, MARCH MADNESS is just one of those phrases to maybe stay away from.  The NCAA owns

– Anjali Shankar, Attorney –

During my years at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign as an undergraduate student, the student body became embroiled in a heated debate about the continued viability of our team’s mascot. Our mascot was the “Fighting Illini,” which was portrayed by a student that dressed up as American Indian

Brand New Blog recently reported on the unfortunate, but unsurprising piercing of Lance Armstrong’s name from the logo and visual identity of the Livestrong Foundation:

It is no longer about the man, but the mission — still a laudable one:

For more on the fall of Lance Armstrong and his once unstoppable personal brand, see

Maria Cohn and Morgen Bromell of the website Complex recently published a list of the 50 Most Iconic Brand Logos of All Time. While lists like these are released somewhat frequently, this one has a major distinguishing feature: it is the first to be published since I joined the DuetsBlog.

Make a mental list of what you would consider the top 10 iconic logos and let’s compare. Here’s my list:

1) Coca-Cola

2) McDonalds

3) Nike

4) Apple

5) Adidas

6) Apple

7) Budweiser

8) Target

9) BMW

10) Mercedes Benz


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