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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for South Carolina on
Q: My landlord emailed me my lease on 10/15/20 but there is not dates on the lease. it states it’s a 12 month lease. valid?
Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt answered on Nov 2, 2020

Generally speaking, if both parties signed it and there is other evidence available of when it was signed and returned (emails, metadata, etc.) it is likely valid for 12 months from the date of signing. Alternatively, if there is a date block on the signature line, that date may be used. Lease and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: I write and produce songs. One of the songs contains dialogue from a movie, but I speak. Is that a copyright violation ?

I write and produce songs. One of the songs contains dialogue from a movie, that I speak in the song. Is that a copyright violation or an infringement to add that dialogue, even though its spoken by myself? It's a total of 19 words.

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt answered on Nov 2, 2020

Generally speaking, any time copyrighted material is incorporated into a new work you will need permission from the original author. This may be obtained by getting a license to create a derivative work. Copyright issues are complex and each matter is different. It is recommended that you consult a... Read more »

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