My concern is that even though they're in the public domain, they are still published today using the same basic format and design. Can I legally reproduce the old versions? The Farmers Almanac website acts is if they own all of them in perpetuity.... Read more »
There are other intellectual property rights involved here. These include trademark, trade name, trade dress, and potentially general unfair competition claims. All of these claims have no expiration date in which they become public domain (a concept that only applies to copyrights and patents)....Read more »
I have a contract with them that states they may republish "as mutually agreed upon from time to time, as evidenced by an email." I have never once been consulted about them republishing my work. Otherwise, I would have said no, or asked for more money.
Contact an intellectual property lawyer for all the details. If you do not own the trademark and the name (and/or image is registered as active), the use of the mark is possible, but you must be careful (and be aware that you may receive a cease and desist letter). For trademarks the issue is brand...Read more »
I want to pay this young artist for work for video production (logos, etc.) because they are incredibly good. He turns 16 in January, but in order to protect myself I'm just curious if it would be legal to pay him commission as agreed on both sides for the artwork. His parents are okay with it... Read more »
There is nothing illegal with employing a minor provided that the employment stays within the limits of state labor laws (mostly related to hours working and ending at a certain time in the evening). If you are commissioning artwork it is likely that this employment does not run afoul with any...Read more »
Without directly reviewing the exact intended use and all surrounding situations, I cannot make a full assessment, but I can provide general guidance. Cookbooks are unusual copyright materials because large portions of the book are uncopyrightable. Specifically the list of ingredients and general...Read more »
Assuming you have a valid contract and valid contractually assignment of licensed copyright, you can bring (or threaten to bring) suit for either or both copyright violations or contractual breach. A lawyer would need to review the copyright assignment agreement to see what rights were transferred...Read more »
I am self publishing through Kindle Direct, and do not want to break any copyright laws. I have heard of a company called Damsel in Defense, but wasn't sure if I could still use the terminology for my title.
Copyright and trademarks are two different types of intellectual property protection vehicles. Copyrights cover the text (and any images) of the book, while trademarks cover the title and some brand-related images/designs. Here is the link to the USPTO for a trademark search:...Read more »
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