There’s always money in banana copyrights… or is there?

The sad, strange tale of the Banana Lady makes for an interesting analysis of copyright law

Conrad in her Banana Lady costume. Image courtesy of the 7th Circuit and the Chicago Tribune

It’s a good thing that no one individual holds the intellectual property rights to bad banana-related puns, because this article is likely to be full of them. I have a feeling that reader reaction will be… split.

Let’s start with a bunch of facts, shall we? The case in question involves Catherine Conrad, who is professionally known as “Banana Lady.” Conrad is not to be confused with Miss Chiquita, Carmen Miranda, or other banana-related ladies who are no doubt yellow with envy about the attention she’s getting. 

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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