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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A new type of cold war has taken over the tech world
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
TJ SecretEvery body needs a pocketbraAh, 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs
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 >>
Via Bachmann for CongressMichele Bachmann, intellectual property thiefIt'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.
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 >>
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.
To curb rampant music piracy in China, Google and a slew of labels decide to fight fire with fire.
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
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Chris Dykstra was initially amused when he learned last summer that the web site that he runs, Gatheroo.com, was being threatened with a lawsuit for trademark infringement. Gatheroo was created by Minnetonka-based software company Warecorp after the popular online networking site, meetup.com, began ... More >>
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.
A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods
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New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio
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.
A lone inventor claims Ecolab is waging a dirty fight over clean poultry
Seven years after their last tour, Negativland continue to fight the industry claim that Fair Use is foul, and foul use is fair
Rahzel continues the hand-to-mouth tradition of the human turntable
Online retailing giant eToys.com plays legal hardball with a similarly named group of digital artists
While some business owners fight for their names in court, David Unowsky surrenders Hungry Mind the easy way
The National Writers Union won a landmark decision on behalf of freelancers. Or did it?
Bootleg basher Microsoft puts the kibosh on local computer resellers