How Meta Platforms Flopped The Metaverse

When changing it’s name to Meta Platforms (META) in 2021, Facebook was confident to gain significant market share in the metaverse and launched its Reality Labs division which focused the company’s vision of the metaverse on pricy VR goggles that provided half-body avatars and underwhelming immersive experiences cutting users off from their actual reality. Unsurprisingly …

A TikTok Ban? How Dancing Became a Danger To National Security

DanceByte, the company that brought us TikTok is currently under fire for (1) hosting government officials and (2) being in China. Literally two things outside of DanceByte’s control. This is what our dysfunctional world has come to. The completely unconstitutional ban that couldn’t happen under the previous US administration, seems to be gaining “bipartisan” traction …

Jury Sides With Hermès in MetaBirkins NFT Lawsuit

One of the most heard of NFT-related trademark lawsuits in the US resulted in a triumph for luxury brand Hermès against artist Mason Rothschild, whose “MetaBirkins” NFT project sought to dilute the luxury brand’s trademark. In the Southern District Court of New York, a jury sided with Hermès and found that Rothschild’s NFTs failed a …

Galaxy Report On NFT Rights; What About Web3 to Web2 User Generated Content

For some reason, many people still believe that buying an NFT gives them ownership over intellectual property in original works. The Galaxy Report may have found the culprit of this widespread misconception: intentional misrepresentation. As if you didn\’t know that buying an mp3 doesn\’t give you IP rights to the song encoded in it. You …

Miramax and Tarantino Lawsuit To Clarify NFT Rights

Since last year\’s NFT craze, it is customary to mint unique NFT\’s from original storylines and film characters as cross promotion of new and upcoming films. However, misconceptions around NFT rights (being seen as a new form of intellectual property which they aren\’t), has given some individuals impetus to mint pre-existing IP rights that don\’t …

Meta v. Meta: Facebook Sued For Trademark Infringement

Earlier this month, we discussed how the name Meta seems like a rather dubious choice for Facebook\’s rebrand and how by analogy, precedent informs that the addition of the descriptive term \’meta\’ has been deemed insufficient to meaningfully distinguish between disputed domain names.  Well, it turns out the name Meta was already taken by a …

Metaverse Fashion Week 2022 and What on Earth Are NFTs?

The Jonathan Simkhai Online Store features both virtual and regular designs. My last post on the metaverse turned into a 3000 word paper, but we only covered part of the foundation of the metaverse. I\’ll take the opportunity in this post to discuss non fungible tokens (NFT). Take a deep breath. We saw that the …