Fetish Friday: Trademark Infringement and the ABDL Community, Part 2

Hey guys, we’re back for Part 2 of the Fetish Friday this week, and before we start doing a wrist deep dive into the world of Adult Baby/Diaper Lover Litigation, let me first apologize for my absence this week.  I’ve been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest over the past week, rubbing hither and yonder to take care of some personal shit as well as juggling my case load, and it got in the way of getting this stuff out when I was planning to.  sincere apologies.

So, if you weren’t around last time, know that I started talking about Adult Baby/Diaper Lovers, a community shorthanded into “AB/DL,” and giving a brief overview of exactly what the hell that is.  But I’m not going to do that again here, because I don’t have the time of the inclination to spend an hour rehashing a post that’s already in existence.  Click back through and read that shit, okay?

The reason for that whole thing was, very recently, a lawsuit was filed by one maker of adult diapers against another, and it wasn’t about moving into the pull-ups line, turning off Thomas the Tank Engine, of anything of that nature.  Rather, it was a lawsuit about…trademark infringement. And that brings up an interesting question:  Do they have a case, or are they just being big  babies about all of this?

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InkedFur’s Furry Friday: Hewwo Copywighted Wowks! Who Owns Your Commission, Part 2

Hello my fuzzy little horde of anthropomorphic intellectual property infringements! It’s time once again for another Inkedfur.com Furry Friday here on Lawyers & Liquor, where I pop open the gates and let the technicolor zoo roam the streets with wild abandon. This time, in a continuation from our discussion of copyright and your totally original and not at all Disney derivative original character, we’re going to go totally vore and get into the meat of the matter. That’s right, this time we’re going to discuss who, in all actuality, owns that commission  you just paid someone to draw of a giraffe named Gerald seductively eating an ice pop or something.

Look, I don’t know what you fuzzy little assholes pay people to draw. That’s between you and whatever god you’re currently making cry.

So last time we covered a lot of the basic of what a copyright is, how you register one, etc. etc. etc. You know, all that advice that you guys are totally not going to listen to because, goddammit, you definitely have better things to do with your time and money then protect your art and fixed tangible ideas. This time we’re going to talk about something a lot more personal: what if the only fucking reason the art exists at all is you paid your hard-earned money to get someone to draw it for you?

Well. That’s a horse of a different art style, now isn’t it?

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InkedFur’s Furry Friday: Hewwo Copywighted Wowks! – Who owns your commission, Part 1

Hey everyone, it’s time for an early InkedFur’s Furry Friday, due to the fact that last month I was a crippled mess of sobbing pain when it was time to actually get this thing up. So this month, as promised last month, we’re going to look at something everyone keeps asking about as they wag their tails expectantly and keep demanding I take their side in some dispute with an artist. Namely, we’re going to look at the concept of copyright when it comes down to who owns what in a commissioning relationship in two separate Furry Friday posts, the first of which we’ll talk about today!

And allow me to be blunt when I tell you some of you are going to want to walk into the vet’s office to have yourselves put to sleep when I inform you of the law surrounding this shit. Namely, the assumption that most people have regarding the ownership of anything related to their fursona or any other fluffy character they may create.  But to discuss THIS, we first need to talk about a few basics of copyright so…you know…we fucking know what we’re talking about here.

But first, a disclaimer!

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Guest Post: Most People Are Fuzzy on IP – An Intellectual Property Primer

 

[BOOZY’S NOTE:  There is a certain class of readers out there for my site that seem to, well, be really interested in the concepts that underlie intellectual property. These readers also tend to be creative type folks who may or may note make their living doing stuff like drawing characters and making costumes and crap. And then there are the readers that are the customers for those types, and they have a lot of questions. Which I don’t answer. Because, by and large, I’m not an intellectual property attorney and have only a general working knowledge of intellectual property.

You know who is an intellectual property attorney, though? Who has an in-depth knowledge of that shit and can tell you what the general four classes of intellectual property are, and then give you an idea of what each means, so that people can stop saying shit like “I’m gonna patent my drawing?” Marc Whipple, also known on Twitter as @legalinspire .  

And, because I somewhat know Marc, I’ve shanghaied him into writing a guest post for all those folks who keep sending me 2 A.M. direct messages and emails about what an intellectual property term means, and he graciously agreed. So, because he’s smarter than me, I’ll shut up now and let him tell you guys all about the classes of intellectual property.]

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