My mother started this church dance group about 10 years ago and recently wanted to get either copyright or trademark protection for the name. Can she actually get a trademark for the name even though she has not formed a separate entity for the dance group?
You do not need to have an entity to own a trademark. As long as the name otherwise qualifies for trademark registration, she can own the trademark personally. There is not enough information here to determine if the name would qualify for a trademark registration.
I have online checked the name and its registration details,, and it clearly reads that the name is for clothing ( different types ),, could this give me the right to use and register the name for food ( restaurant ) business ?!
I hate to say it, but it depends. Certain classes the PTO considers close enough that there may be a natural extension. If it is a very famous mark (like Nike, Coca-Cola or Planet Hollywood), than this is more likely. Especially, if the marks are exactly the same. Classes with goods which are...Read more »
Generally speaking, if it is just one person who has not do anything in furtherance of actually stealing, then no, it isn't illegal -- i.e. it isn't a illegal to just have the idea in your head, you have to take some sort of action to accomplish the goal (e.g. downloading or copying the protected...Read more »
Yes. Unless the book is in the public domain (meaning it is no longer subject to copyright protection), you need permission to make a derivative work such as an audio book. The contract between the author and the publisher determines from whom you need the permission.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.