Intellectual Property

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    The Blue Door Defends Blucy Trademark Against Blaine Restaurant

    The secret to the Blue Door's stuffed burger, the "Blucy"? Quality beef, molten cheese, a good attorney, and a touch of irony. Defending the trademark Blucy name, which is itself a twist on the, ahem, borrowed concept of the Ju(i)cy Lucy, the Blue Door Pub successfully took action against Bluzy's R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Pop music plagiarism's worst offenses: A history

    Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Betty McCollum calls on Zygi Wilf to publicly condemn Redskins nickname

    One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Jake Dagel, former Bradlee Dean employee, discusses working for his "cultic sham ministry"

    As 20-year-old Jake Dagel flew from Nashville to Omaha late last month, he finally had time to reflect on the things he'd experienced while working for Bradlee Dean's "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International" ministry for the previous seven weeks.THE BACKSTORY: Bradlee Dean's ministry is a cul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Minneapolis is one of the most inventive cities in the world, Forbes says

    Minneapolis residents produce more patent applications per capita than all but three American cities, according to a new Forbes analysis.SEE ALSO: NYC editor disses Minneapolis's awesome parks: The city "is in like, Canada or something" [UPDATE]In fact, in the whole wide world, there are only eight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Minneapolis named 5th best city to get rich

    There's no need to hit Wall Street or Hollywood to make it big. Minneapolis was just named the fifth-best city in the country to get rich by CreditDonkey. It's the only Midwestern metro to make the top ten. See also: Minneapolis has the best parks in the nation and it isn't even close, study says R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Prince files copyright complaint with Twitter over Vine videos

    Prince is at it again. The Purple One, notorious for seeking legal action against unapproved recording devices and cameras, has filed yet another complaint for bootlegged material surfacing on the internet.See also: Prince sends cease and desist letter to Le Petit Prince creator Prince reveals his " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Michele Bachmann still hasn't paid Iowa staffers; one says her behavior is un-Christian

    According to Peter Waldron, Michele Bachmann's colorful National Field Coordinator during her ill-fated presidential campaign, his former boss still hasn't paid her Iowa staffers -- and it's not because she's broke.SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann, Profiles in Courage: She runs away from, lies to CNN repo ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2012

    Patent war brews big bucks

    A new type of cold war has taken over the tech world

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    St. Anthony council rejects Islamic center; "Islam is evil," says one opponent

    Lori Saroya, executive director of Minnesota's Council on American-Islamic Relations, says her organization will ask the US Department of Justice to look into what went down at the St. Anthony City Council meeting last night.By a 4-1 vote, council rejected the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center's request to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Heiruspecs' Sean McPherson talks music copyright with expert Peter DiCola

    By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    U of M paper finds no link between movie piracy and box office sales in U.S.

    ​An academic paper co-written by a University of Minnesota economics professor finds there is little evidence for the notion that movie piracy reduces ticket purchases at movie theaters. That notion, of course, is often a crucial premise in the arguments made by supporters of legislation like SOPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    For Franken and Klobuchar, does money from big media mean support for PIPA? [UPDATE]

    ​It's a cliche, but true -- when trying to figure out the whys and wherefores of politics, you should follow the money. And in the case of Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken's support for the now-stalled PIPA legislation, the money trail appears to lead back to big media.Campaign finance records indicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Keith Ellison opposes SOPA, joins blackout

    Congressman Keith Ellison has come out against SOPA. Rep. Ellison joins Wikipedia, Google, and millions of Americans across the country who are against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act introduced by Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Texas). A number of websites around the world have created an Internet "black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Prince begins new war against semi-archaic copyright laws

    ​Oh, Prince. Purple Yoda yadda yadda and walking contradiction. A few weeks ago during an appearance on George Lopez Tonight, Prince laid out a new gripe with how things operate in the music industry: cover songs. Ugh, cover songs! That's not your music, Sinéad!

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Tammy Pintor: The pocket bra is mine, all mine

    TJ SecretEvery body needs a pocketbra​Ah, Wisconsin, home to great inventors. William Sylvester Harley, co-founder of Harley-Davidson, Seymour Cray, designer of supercomputers. And now, Tammy Pintor, inventor of the pocket bra. In 2008, Pintor patented a sports bra with interior pockets for stas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Bachmann video censored by bogus copyright complaint [VIDEO]

    CaffthoughtsBachmann dodging the media -- on tape!​It's not news that Michele Bachmann exists in a carefully regulated bubble, talking only to sympathetic outlets guaranteed to disseminate her nonsense without question. But it isn't everyday that we get video of la Bachmann stiff-arming repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Jeffrey Anderson announces St. John's clergy abuse settlement

    St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson.​St. John's Abbey in Collegeville has settled lawsuits filed by nine men who say they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of some of the order's monks and priests since the 1960s. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements, without detailing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Jordan Kavoosi's business declared unethical by Better Business Bureau

    Photo by Hannah Delon.Kavoosi and friends advertising Essay Writing Company with body paint.​The Better Business Bureau has finally caught up with plagiarism king Jordan Kavoosi. Dan Hendrickson of the BBB released a statement today officially declaring "ethical and practical concerns" with K ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 2, 2011
  • News

    February 16, 2011

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset: The download martyr

    RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Buffalo Wild Wings sued by Canadian competitor

    Wings: They're worth big money.​Buffalo Wild Wings has hit a speed bump in its fast-paced quest to spread spicy bar food across North America. A Canadian competitor has filed a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota company of trademark infringement. Buffalo Wild Wings is adding to its empire of 700 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    State Fair slaps Michele Bachmann for copyright infringement

    Via Bachmann for CongressMichele Bachmann, intellectual property thief​It's one thing for Michele Bachmann to drape herself in the American flag. But if she's going to  try to drape herself in the mantle of the State Fair, she's going to have to contend with trademark law.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Best Buy smacks down God Squad

    Father Luke Strand learns Best Buy takes copyright issues very seriously.​It must have seemed like a good idea at the time to Father Luke Strand back in seminary: Gussie up a Volkswagen Beetle to mimic those Best Buy "Geek Squad" cars used by the company's house-call nerds. Have the logo on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    College students: no Gopher-colored beer cans for you

    The Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin are among many colleges objecting to a Bud Light beer promotion: "Fan Cans" in college colors. And it looks like they have won.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Google launches massive music giveaway in China

    To curb rampant music piracy in China, Google and a slew of labels decide to fight fire with fire.

  • Music

    August 13, 2008
  • Calendar

    August 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 24, 2006
  • News

    September 6, 2006

    Forbidden Fruit

    It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2006

    5/22: Morning Communique

    Arkansas mayor wants sex for water, first bear in Germany since 1835, Amazon's one-click patent under review, pro-carbon dioxide campaign, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2006

    MPR affiliate plays hardball with Gatheroo

    The legal battle over the right to has gotten messier. In March, Gather, an online social networking company affiliated with Minnesota Public Radio, sued Warecorp, a Minnetonka-based ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2006

    MPR affiliate invites company to "gather" at the federal courthouse

    Chris Dykstra was initially amused when he learned last summer that the web site that he runs,, was being threatened with a lawsuit for trademark infringement. Gatheroo was created by Minnetonka-based software company Warecorp after the popular online networking site,, began ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2005

    Board Stiff

    Odds are that if the redesign of the century hadn't just shortened Doug Grow's column to a blurb-length 500 words, Grow would have asked a few more questions about Northwest Airlines board member Doris Kearns Goodwin.

  • Restaurants

    September 28, 2005

    Put Down What You're Eating

    A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2005
  • Arts

    May 11, 2005

    Digital Love, Live from Duluth

    Nocturnal transmissions from Perfect Sound Radio

  • Music

    April 13, 2005
  • News

    May 22, 2002

    The .14 Cent Solution

    New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio

  • News

    July 4, 2001

    Bitter Pills

    The AIDS drug Ziagen has brought healthy windfalls to the University of Minnesota and GlaxoSmithKline. But it isn't doing anything at all for the millions who are dying of the disease in Africa.

  • Books

    July 5, 2000

    A Game of Chicken

    A lone inventor claims Ecolab is waging a dirty fight over clean poultry

  • Music

    April 5, 2000

    The Borrowers

    Seven years after their last tour, Negativland continue to fight the industry claim that Fair Use is foul, and foul use is fair

  • Music

    March 15, 2000

    Beatbox Hero

    Rahzel continues the hand-to-mouth tradition of the human turntable

  • News

    December 1, 1999

    This Means eWar!

    Online retailing giant plays legal hardball with a similarly named group of digital artists

  • News

    November 3, 1999

    URL the Pearl

    While some business owners fight for their names in court, David Unowsky surrenders Hungry Mind the easy way

  • News

    October 6, 1999

    Buy the Word

    The National Writers Union won a landmark decision on behalf of freelancers. Or did it?

  • Music

    June 9, 1999
  • Books

    February 17, 1999

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Bootleg basher Microsoft puts the kibosh on local computer resellers

  • Music

    October 14, 1998