I've been tasked with drafting the non-compete agreement for our company. We are a manufacturing business that has a close marriage to another business that acts as our storefront for our product. Is it within enforceable legal bounds to... Read more »
You may, but you should pay close attention to the scope and term of any restrictive covenant. You will also want to address other issues, such as, use of your trademark, copyright and other property. You should consult with a qualified business lawyer for advice.
In a video advertisement for a home services company, which was shot in an actual customer's home, household products are seen in the background and in use, with labels visible. These are shown for less than 2 seconds. Should these labels be redacted and/or does the owner of the marks of those... Read more »
You should be fine if the products shot are portrayed in the manner they are commonly portrayed and the audience is not led to believe that the product brands are sponsoring or associated with the product/service being featured in your video ad. That does not mean you won't get sued or receive...Read more »
I wrote a comedy script years ago and registered it through the Writers Guild of America. It took some time to raise funds to shoot the pilot and by the time we did, another production put their concept with the same title online before we could. Did I lose out on using the title? I have a finished... Read more »
You can use the title, provided that there are no prohibitions under unfair competition and trademark law, and both you and the owner of the other title are not members of the Motion Picture Association of America.
This audio round would be sold along with a trivia packet of questions and answers, forms, etc, not just on its own. Only a few seconds of each song would be used (with the idea that players guess the song, artist, film, etc.)
In general, the unauthorized copying and sale of copyrighted songs is illegal, even if small portions of the works are used. You may need to obtain a license from the music publisher(s), or a compulsory mechanical license(s) through a licensing provider, such as, the Harry Fox Agency. You should...Read more »
as a band both audio and video and put them in the public domain. the songwriter has now left the band and says we cant use them do we still have a right to use them as long as we give him the credit as song writer. we are not making any money off of them.
You can use the songs by obtaining a compulsory license. Once phonorecords of a musical work have been publicly distributed in the United States with the copyright owner’s consent, anyone else may, under certain circumstances and subject to limited conditions, obtain a “compulsory license” to...Read more »
You may start using your trademark for the new services, provided that no one else is using the mark in your geographic area for similar services. You may then file a new application to add a new class of goods and services. You would also pay an additional application fee.
I'm making a video game that uses newspapers to drive some story elements. I would like to call the paper the New York Tribune, which from what I can tell was a very popular paper in the 1800s but was sold/rebranded to New York Herald Tribune in 1924. Link to wikipedia below:... Read more »
Trademark rights in the United States are obtained through actual use of a mark in commerce, i.e., being the first to use the mark on or in connection with specific goods and/or services in the marketplace. No formal registration is required to acquire trademark rights.
You should contact a qualified entertainment or IP attorney for legal advice. For your name to be protectable as a trademark you will have to show that it is being used in commerce. Although a mark is not a registered trademark, the user can claim a common law right, by showing priority of use, in...Read more »
hi im scriptwriter from egypt and im chatting with american script agency and they asked me about a brief to my script ,what im asking for can i send them the brief without registration of copyright and is my chatting and email to them is enough evidence that the script is mine and can i rise a... Read more »
There are tax considerations involved. These vary depending on the whether the transaction is a merger or acquisition, asset sale or stock sale, and the types of entities involved. You should speak with a qualified M&A attorney and an accountant or tax attorney for tax advice.
Refusing to pay a judgment debt from another country is not an act you should take lightly, and that decision should be made in consultation with an attorney. If you do not have any assets, employees, or other interests in and do not plan to travel to the country from which the defamation judgment...Read more »
Hi, i am about to launch an app which will use users location, and some personal information gathered from the user's facebook account. My questions is do i need any legal documents to protect myself from privacy violations, and also if something happens to the user while using the app.
You should get in touch with an IP attorney for legal assistance.
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One of the three partners was responsible for securing operating funds and was the former tenant of the acreage involved. He applied for and was approved for an FSA microloan prior the formation of the LLC. He invested part of the FSA sourced funds back into the LLC farm but at a reduced stake in... Read more »
You should speak with a qualified business lawyer regarding the facts of your particular matter. The LLC can become liable for repayment of the loan if it adopted the loan agreement entered into by by the three partners. If an asset that was used to secure the loan subsequently was assigned to the...Read more »
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