Left Hand Brewing in Longmont has been looking to get control of the word "Nitro" since 2011, first by wresting the trademark away from a small Canadian brewer that had never used it and then by filing a trademark claim of its own on the word as it relates to beer. But that effort bubbled over last ... More >>
As part of its legal settlement with a similarly named homebrewing shop in Massachusetts, Denver's Strange Brewing Company got its Facebook page back today. Strange had been using another page that it created, the cheekily-named That Brewery on Zuni, since last June when a trademark dispute between ... More >>
Left Hand Brewing altered the beer-drinking landscape two years ago when it announced during the Great American Beer Festival that it had come up with a way to inject nitrogen into its bottled Milk Stout so that it pours smooth and creamy, like a draft beer. Milk Stout Nitro quickly became the Long ... More >>
Strange Brewing is alive and kicking -- as you'll discover if you drop by the no-nonsense taproom on any afternoon or evening. But the Denver brewery lost a big part of its online presence in June because of a legal dispute with a Massachusetts homebrew shop. "They told Facebook we were infringing ... More >>
Ska Brewing has been making its Euphoria Pale Ale since 2005, but the latest trademark dispute involving a Colorado brewery isn't likely to make anyone euphoric. On Tuesday, the Durango brewery filed a petition at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, asking the agency's trial and appeal board to r ... More >>
Verboten Brewing, which will open its doors this weekend in Loveland, takes its name for the German word for "forbidden," and is a reference to German beer-purity laws, or Reinheitsgebot, which forbade brewers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries from using anything but water, barley and hops in ... More >>
On September 29, 2011, after the first night of the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Left Hand Brewing publicly revealed a bottled beer that its owners and brewers had spent two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to create. See also: - Strange Brewing faces a trademark threat ... More >>
Something strange is going on. In September, as Denver's Strange Brewing was gearing up for a small expansion as well as the Great American Beer Festival, owners John Fletcher and Tim Myers got a letter from a lawyer demanding that they change their name. See also: - De Steeg Brewing will open on ... More >>
How awesome is "Big Pimpin'," by Jay-Z? Really awesome. But some folks argue that its awesomeness comes courtesy of an unlicensed sample, and they'd like to be compensated. A new round of legal claims has been brought against HOV by a handful of heirs and music publishers who argue that the track ... More >>
Remember that mixtape you made for your high-school sweetheart? Or that time you taped a movie off cable? Turns out you were breaking the law, pirating copyrighted materials without permission. While the statute of limitations has probably long passed on your crimes of teenage passion, entertainme ... More >>
The Protect IP Bill (S. 968), which was introduced back in May, was delayed after Sen. Ron Wyden argued it might infringe on free speech. While it appears that bill has been halted for the moment, it has been replaced with a similar one, The Stop Online Piracy Act (aka E-Parasites Act) , whic ... More >>
Beyoncé can't seem to catch a break this year: Back in May, she was accused of pulling a little more than just a casual homage to Lorella Cuccarini with her VMA performance of "Run the World (Girls)," and now she's getting called out for copping dance moves from German choreographer Anne Ter ... More >>
Imagine receiving a letter from an attorney accusing you of illegally downloading a cinematic classic like, say, The Wadfather or The Man Who Blew Too Much, but offering you a chance not to be accused of this offense in public court for a few thousand bucks. Would you take the deal? Plenty of ... More >>
While the U.S. has been floundering a bit with its copyright law, the British government has just announced its plans to reform and update its own. Its certainly not the most important issue facing the U.S. government right now, but it was a platform during President Obama's campaign and rema ... More >>
Internet users beware: you've now got six strikes against copyright infringement before your account can enter a "mitigation phase." Major Internet providers, including Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others, have agreed to saddle up with the music and movie businesses to finally start cracking do ... More >>
The Library of Congress has just turned on its new streaming audio service, which includes a large piece of the national archives totaling around 10,000 titles. The joint venture of Sony and the Library of Congress gives users access to many Sony-controlled recordings that have long been out of circ ... More >>
This might be some of the weirdest copyright related news we've run across in a while. FilmOn founder Alki David has teamed up with a slew of musicians to file a lawsuit against CBS Interactive and CNET over CNET's distribution of LimeWire. Back in November, a federal judge had to issue a res ... More >>
In case you haven't been paying attention, there are some heated battles going on in the digital space right now with regard to digital music distribution rights. Just three weeks ago, Amazon launched their cloud storage and streaming services much to the chagrin of the major labels. As we wa ... More >>
The White House has publically stated it's going to start cracking down on piracy and enforcing IP law, but other than some crackdowns last year, we haven't seen much in the way of a cohesive strategy. Well, until Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel delivered this t ... More >>
Stravinsky, looking shifty-eyed.It's been ten years since University of Denver professor Lawrence Golan filed his copyright suit in Colorado District Court, seeking the revocation of copyrights retroactively placed on works previously in the public domain, and now, after a lot of batting arou ... More >>
Brian Hill.Twenty-year old diabetic North Carolina hobby blogger Brian Hill, who's being sued by Righthaven LLC for unauthorized use of a Denver Post photo, is practically destitute and can't afford a lawyer. But after reading our item about the case, Fort Collins intellectual property attorn ... More >>
Mike Rosen.Our item yesterday about KOA talk-show host Mike Rosen seeing nothing wrong with recycling one of his old Rocky Mountain News columns in the Denver Post stirred a lively debate. Given that Nevada's Righthaven LLC has been suing news agencies for unauthorized use of Post material, o ... More >>
Anti-piracy and counterfeiting prevention company Envisional recently released a report detailing the 10,000 most popular files crossing the streams of BitTorrent trackers. Porn has taken the top, uh, seed, followed closely by non-porn film, while music was near the bottom of the list. What ... More >>
RMR logo.Visitors to Rocky Mountain Right's website can usually find conservative news and commentary -- but not right now. The home page is currently emblazoned with the phrase "Access Denied." That's because site overseer Antony Surace has temporarily blocked users to the page due to concer ... More >>
Google has announced a new plan to help combat copyright infringement by reshaping their search technology and offering an easier and more accessible takedown request form. The news comes hot on the heals of news that the U.S. Government has begun a multi-tiered crackdown on piracy and counte ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Last month, we noted that Denver Post and MediaNews Group execs weren't eager to discuss a copyright-infringement warning published by the paper. At the time, we asked these three questions: "So... what prompted the Post to rattle this saber? Are lawsuits imminent? And against ... More >>
Overwhelmed by the number of sites offering Cyber Monday deals? Well, now there are 82 of them, including seven in Colorado, you don't need to visit -- because their domains have been seized for allegedly selling counterfeit or copyrighted goods. See the list and get more info from the Justic ... More >>
According to an official statement from Brownmark Films, the company, best known for the above completely idiotic video and Internet phenomenon from 2007, has decided to file a lawsuit against Viacom International, Comedy Partners, Paramount Pictures Corporation, MTV Networks and South Park Digita ... More >>
Dean Singleton.In late July, after a Denver Post editorial argued that he wasn't qualified to be governor due to his poor business record, Dan Maes suggested that he might limit the Post's access if it didn't begin to cover his campaign more evenhandedly. But Post publisher and MediaNews Gro ... More >>
John Ferrugia.Yesterday, Scott McInnis made his first public appearance -- at Adams State College in Alamosa -- since word of his plagiarism problems broke. But according to Channel 7's John Ferrugia, who was there, McInnis treated a subsequent interview like a game of dodge ball, repeatedly ... More >>
Dan Maes.As Scott McInnis's plagiarism problems worsened, Republican power brokers began to consider what to do should he drop out of the guv race. And while there's plenty of debate about who the best candidate should be, there's wide agreement among such folks about who it shouldn't be: Dan ... More >>
Rolly Fischer on Channel 7.For the past three days, the Denver Post has run big stories about guv wannabe Scott McInnis. Day one's offering, about apparent McInnis plagiarism in lousy water articles, was a slam dunk -- and likely dooms his campaign, with even the likes of Dan Caplis turning a ... More >>
Scott McInnis speaking up.The plagiarism controversy plaguing Scott McInnis is only getting uglier, and his awkward attempts to make it go away are doing nothing thus far to tidy up the mess. The problem is exacerbated by both substance and style. McInnis's official statement on the issue -- ... More >>
Ward Churchill.The Scott McInnis plagiarism brouhaha has been a gift to the Colorado Democratic Party, which has had trouble whipping up the faithful of late -- and they're taking advantage of it. The latest broadside: a statement from two CU regents, Michael Carrigan and Stephen Ludwig, who ... More >>
A Flickr photoThis is the place to see lots of interesting stuff from the Rocky -- someday.On Friday, we let you know that E.W. Scripps had finally sold the intellectual property of the shuttered Rocky Mountain News, although it's not revealing who bought it. Since then, there's been specula ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightScripps CEO Rich Boehne at the news conference announcing the final edition of the Rocky.On February 26, the day before the first anniversary of the Rocky Mountain News' final edition, we published an item about the status of the paper's intellectual property -- most importa ... More >>
E.W. Scripps has made no secret of its desire to sell the intellectual property of the Rocky Mountain News -- but the company hasn't done much since the tabloid's February closure to peddle these particular wares. That appears to be changing, however. In recent days, a number of potential bidders ... More >>
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