Keep It to Yourself

Consumerism, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It to Yourself: Sneaker Pimps

Like Run-DMC, me and My Adidas do the illest things. You know, slaying all suckers who perpetrate, laying down law from state to...

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Keep It To Yourself: Shaped Crusaders

Take a look at the picture above.  Do you know what it is?  Can you identify it?  Of course you can!  You probably remember its catchy...

Current Events, Film, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It To Yourself: Finding Vivian’s Copyright

A few nights past Dr. Keepit and I watched “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about an unknown photographer whose street scenes,...

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Keep It To Yourself: 50 States of Grey

Just so you know, this isn’t a sexy article.  It’s about recent legal developments concerning grey market goods; not some pervy tycoon...

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Keep It To Yourself: The Hawking Dead

My very first KI2Y column on PopDose was this clever bit about how rights of publicity might attach to dead celebrities.  Do rights to...

Keep It to Yourself, Music

Keep It To Yourself: TM Party Tonight!

  When you were in school you went to parties.  You sat around accomplishing not too much and, when The Tune came on, everyone...

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Keep It To Yourself: The Writing On The Wall

So I’m standing on the 7th Avenue subway platform in lower Manhattan, circa 1983.  Two knuckleheads are discussing a picture of a baby...

Current Events, Film, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It To Yourself: My Precious

In a hole in the ground there lived a lawsuit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet lawsuit, filled with the ends of contracts and an oozy smell, nor...

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Keep It to Yourself: Just Desserts?

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for hardcore pornography! Hippie royalty Ben & Jerry were not amused when L.A. smut...

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Keep It To Yourself: Banana Polemic

The first Velvet Underground Album only sold 5,000 copies, but everyone that bought it filed a lawsuit....

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Keep It To Yourself: Mischief Managed?

In which Harry Potter encounters his most dangerous nemesis yet: Copyright Infringers! Foolish muggles.  You know what happens when you...

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Keep It to Yourself: Rosetta Stoned

Q: How does Google make money from your searches?  You know you don’t pay anything when you stalk your ex, scan Kobe’s lifetime stats,...

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Keep It to Yourself: Can’t Get Enough of That Wonderful Duff!

Everyone knows that Homer Simpson loves beer.  During the long-running animated series The Simpsons Homer has philosophized: “Beer....

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Keep It to Yourself: The Unhappiest Shirt on Earth

The story of how Joy Division met Mickey Mouse in the greatest trademark case that never was.   Last week’s KI2Y post about the...

Keep It to Yourself, Music

Keep It to Yourself: Permission to Rock Denied, or, Excuse My French

The popular practice of pinching pop tunes for political purposes -- without permission....

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Keep It To Yourself: The Unusual Suspects

Okay, so a couple of weeks ago snobby British fashion house Burberry posts a timeline on Facebook......