Even Boy Scouts and Chippendales Care About Intellectual Property

Post date: Oct 8, 2010 8:39:07 PM

Story #1: The Boy Scouts of America have taken a pretty strong stance regarding the use of burned CDs that have been [potentially] created by infringing copyrights. In the most recent issue of "Scouting", an editorial persuades scoutmasters to avoid playing burned CDs around the scouts, even though the music may have been legally acquired. The thought is that the scouts may not understand the difference between an illegally burned CD and a legal one. Here's an idea: teach them the difference. I'm sure the five minute talk can be fit in somewhere between knot tying and smoke signals (or whatever it is you learn in boy scouts). In fact, I could teach them right here: if you didn't pay for the music then it is most likely illegal. There. Done.Apparently the Boy Scouts have become known for preaching the copyright gospel to the scouts. As you can see above, they even offer a badge related to copyrights.Story #2: The Chippendales recently lost an ongoing battle against the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Chippendales were seeking to have their "Cuffs & Collar" costume registered as an inherently distinctive trademark. The USPTO disagreed. Ultimately, the Federal Circuit ruled against the Chippendales because their "Cuffs & Collar" costume is too similar to those worn by the Playboy Bunnies and could not, therefore, be considered unique in the adult entertainment services industry.Source: Bloomberg (both stories)Additional Reading: Patently-O Article on Chippendales