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Referencing Celebrities in Beer Names and Labels: The Ozzy Dispute

This week, Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne sent a cease and desist to a Baltimore-based brewery, Brewer’s Art. The letter involves a belgian strong ale the brewery refers to as Ozzy Ale. Had the “Ozzy” use been limited to the name, the C&D might have been a stretch. Here, however, the beer’s label art features […]

Using Metatags: Do You Know What’s Under the Hood of Your Website?

These days, having a solid website is a big part of building any brand. But, if the building process of that website is left unattended, the site can actually be a surprising (and maybe sort of ridiculous) source of legal liability, too. We’re talking about metatags. If you’re not familiar with metatags, they’re a portion […]

Keyword Advertising: Is it okay to buy your competitor’s brewery or beer name as a Google AdWord?

Fortunately for new and existing breweries, it typically doesn’t take long for resident and visiting beer aficionados to find you and check you out. Of course, there’s value in having a marketing strategy as a part of your business plan, and for some breweries that includes using Google AdWords. For those not familiar with the […]

Dealing with Cybersquatting Scoundrels

The world is full of awesome people, but has its share of jerks, too. Among the crustiest of the jerks are cybersquatters. What’s a cybersquatter? Someone who goes out and registers domain names that a business owner would want, then holds the domain names at ransom. It can happen to breweries of all shapes and […]

Is There Liability Lurking in Your Logo?

Last week, we introduced the Work for Hire Doctrine, noting that those folks who make your logo or your website technically own the final art/work, unless you get a signed writing assigning the rights to you. We didn’t mention, though, that whether it’s properly assigned or not, you’ll want to be absolutely sure that the […]

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