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Weekly Issues in the News

By Geisa Balla

Singers Beyoncé and Jay Z filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on January 26, 2012, to trademark their baby's name "Blue Ivy Carter" for use in a vast array of products such as accessories, clothes, baby products, and entertainment services. (Serial number 85526099). The application was filed on behalf of Beyoncé's company, BGK Trademark Holdings, LLC. Prior to this filing, two unrelated parties submitted trademark applications for "Blue Ivy Carter NYC" and "Blue Ivy Carter Glory IV", after baby Blue Ivy Carter was born. The UPSTO denied both applications, stating that the name belong to a "very famous infant" and "consumers would falsely assume that the products were approved by the celebrity parents."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/blue-ivy-the-trademark-feds-move-fast-on-rights-to-beyonce-and-jay-zs-babys-name/2012/02/03/gIQAOTDGnQ_blog.html

Singer M.I.A. raised quite a few eyebrows during Superbowl XLVI on February 5th, when she showed the camera her middle finger during her half-time performance. Unfortunately for M.I.A., she may have to pay dearly for the lewd gesture. If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decides to issue a fine, it appears that NBC and the NFL are off the hook, but M.I.A. will have to pay up. According to reports, M.I.A. signed a contract with the NFL agreeing to indemnify the latter for any potential FCC fines. However, at this time it is unclear whether the FCC will issue a fine for the gesture, as it fined CBS for Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction in 2004. NBC claims to have received very few complaints.

http://thelegalblitz.com/blog/2012/02/08/flipping-indemnity-the-bird-super-bowl-halftime-liability/

The defense attorney for William Balfour, the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's family members in 2008, is now requesting to examine Jennifer Hudson herself about the events surrounding this crime. Hudson was not expected to be named a witness in this case, but may now have to testify about texts she exchanged with her mother on the night of the murder.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/10498042-418/accused-murderers-lawyers-want-to-talk-with-jennifer-hudson.html.

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