Questions Answered by Ray Beckerman

Q: Where do I go to find out information about a company with an LLC in NYC?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New York on Sep 16, 2012

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You would do a business entity search on the Department of State's website here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/bus_entity_search.html

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Q: Who should I ask for the copyrights to use a few passages from THE CATCHER IN THE RYE in the book I am getting published

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New York on Sep 28, 2012

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You should consult with a copyright attorney such as myself to see if it's necessary to get permission for the use you have in mind. Then, if we determine it is necessary, then we would make a few phone calls and find out from whom we'd need to get permission.

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Q: Did a Google search of my name and a "public record" court decision was found.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for New York on Oct 9, 2012

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It may not be possible. We would need to see what you are talking about.

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Q: I GOT AN ORDER FROM JUDGE THAT STOP SELLING SOME MERCHANDISE. HOW CAN I FILL THE CASE TO RELEASE THE ORDER

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for New York on Nov 24, 2012

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You need to provide the legal documents to a qualified litigation law firm like ours, and we will then discuss it with you and come up with a strategy to fight it.

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Q: How do I convert my NY LLC into a s corporation

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New York on May 9, 2011

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You can't convert an LLC into an S corporation. You can start a new corporation, and then file an election to be an S corporation, but not all corporations qualify for S corporation treatment. My firm does incorporations for a modest price.

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Q: What are the limitations on the united state's right to judicial review

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for New York on Nov 5, 2012

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The United States has similar rights of review to any other litigant, and certain expanded rights in certain cases, such as, e.g., where a court has declared a federal statute to be unconstitutional.

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Q: If I own content in the U.S., how will copyright work outside the U.S. such as in India and Phillippines?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New York on Feb 27, 2013

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It's determined by different treaties, and also by the practical realities of how different countries enforce copyright laws. You would need to consult with an international copyright lawyer, and you would have to give much more specific factual information in order to get a meaningful answer to your question.

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Q: How can I obtain/review a copy of a business certificate (have Certificate #) to find out who the owner/owners are?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New York on Feb 28, 2013

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Most states have websites for the Secretary of State which enable you to do a name search for some, but not all, types of business entities. However, the certificates would rarely identify the business owners are. This is often confidential.

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Q: Can I use the english name zilich on my game-board if another company has it trademark?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New York on Mar 6, 2013

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Probably not, especially if they are using it as a trademark for games. But we would need to know more facts to give you a definitive answer.

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Q: Is it legal to post a picture of someone online without the owners permission? If so, what is that law called?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for New York on Mar 7, 2013

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There is a New York statute which prohibits using someone's likeness for trade or business purposes without their permission. It is Civil Rights Law Section 50.

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Q: To what extent is the variation of the trademark name considered illegal?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for New York on Oct 23, 2012

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The fact that you're not in the same industry is an argument you can make in defending the case, but there is no guarantee you will prevail. You should hire experienced trademark litigators like my firm.

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