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Jul
6
2011

Ingredients for a successful copy

Let’s make a generic brand packaging that looks like the real thing. Ingredients: Take all the different, distinctive elements of the packaging of the leading brand; Make up a funny name (e.g. Caramel PowPow); Put the product in a bucket, like the leading product; Add some ‘hip ‘n’ happening’ colors; Serve ice cold and below […]

Jul
5
2011

Kind of blue

Interesting blog post by Andy Baio about the thin line between fair use and the threat of expensive law suits. In summary: Andy Baio produced a tribute to Kind of Blue, the legendary album of Miles Davis. He arranged all the copyrights etc. but forgot one thing: he made a pixel art version of the […]

Jul
4
2011

Don’t sue, just take a picture

Ryan Doco Connors is an amazing photographer who makes incredible portraits. Recently he noticed one of his images being used by Sugar Factory. The company edited one of Connors’ photograps and printed it on a t-shirt. Without his consent, that is. Sugar Factory argued they had altered the photograph for more than 40%, so legally, […]

Jul
4
2011

World Industrial Design Day

June 29, 2001 was World Industrial Design Day. A Day to stop and celebrate the importance of industrial design. As you may know, the appearance of a product can be protected: via copyright and via a (industrial) design registration, and sometimes even through a trademark registration. In the European Union you have the possibility of […]

Jul
2
2011

Saturday: Counterfeit day (4)

Fashionmag.com states that in France the textile industry is still the branch most affected by counterfeit. Also they note an “explosion” in the market of counterfeit car parts (see also our previous post). Furthermore, MarkMatters.com likes the way they take on counterfeit in the Philippines: with an armored vehicle. Nothing beats driving a tank over […]

Jul
1
2011

Hands off my design!

OHIM has launched a new website that is all about designs and design protection. It contains a design handbook and OHIM is starting a design competition. The message of this website is very clear: register your design with the OHIM otherwise you loose (and the OHIM too of course). Nevertheless, the website contains some useful […]

Jul
1
2011

The Attribution Song

LYRICS: Always give credit where credit is due if you didn’t write it, don’t say it’s by you just copy the credit along with the work or else you’ll come off as an arrogant jerk Always give credit where credit belongs we know that you didn’t write Beethoven’s songs pretending you did makes you look […]

Jun
30
2011

The Dark Side

Volkswagen aired the cutest commercial to introduce the new Passat: a child Darth Vader (from Star Wars) that unleashes his ‘force’ on different kinds of objects in and around the house: a doll, the dog, the sandwich made by his mother and finally his dad’s Passat. And then there is Greenpeace. And Greenpeace wouldn’t be […]