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Profiles In Trademarks: For One Slogan, There’s More To The Picture Than Meets The Eye

by Rob Litowitz Mar 06, 2018   "All the sailors with their seasick mamas, hear the sirens on the shore." "For The Turnstiles," music and lyrics by Neil Young. Many songs are laden with "hooks," musical barbs that implant themselves indelibly in the cultural consciousness, like Eric Clapton’s searing guitar riff in "Layla." But how many hooks are tied to a trademark? I can think of one. Neil Young’s   ...Read More

Trial of the Century: Trademark Style

by Rob Litowitz Mar 31, 2017   “So this is the Day of The Dead” from “We All Lose One Another” by Jason Collett Trial of the Century! For most Americans, those words conjure two letters—O.J. But for the past week or so, O.J. arguably has been upstaged by an unlikely figure—Dan Aykroyd. That’s right, Dan Aykroyd–one of Saturday Night Live’s original “Not Ready  ...Read More

Free Samples? Or Risky Riffs?

by Rob Litowitz Jun 10, 2016   “I need a unit to sample and hold. But not the angry one. A new design.” Sample and Hold, music and lyrics by Neil Young Digital sampling has become a staple of the recording industry. What’s sampling? It’s taking a snippet from one recording and splicing it into a new one. Typically, the sample is just a few bars, even a few notes. And it’s likewise typical f  ...Read More