Years ago I wrote a screenplay based on a self-published novel by a friend of mine, with her permission and minor collaboration. The lady has since passed away. Her heir says that the lady willed her copyrights to someone else but she does not know whom. Records still list the original author as... View More
It is not essential that you identify the current owner of the copyright in the novel, but if you desired to do so, the best resource would be the probate records for the novelist's estate and/or a copy of the will. Your screenplay is an original work of your own authorship, with the...View More
If your former employer is using your images without your explicit consent and it was not stipulated in your employment contract that they could use your images for marketing purposes, you may have grounds to object to this use. Your right to object might be based on your copyright in the images...View More
Consolidation is not uncommon. Judges often consolidate cases for the purposes of "judicial economy" or "judicial efficiency." For example, if one party has essentially the same issue with two opposing parties, consolidating the two cases can help ensure that the common issue is...View More
Im a musician and I'm writing a song about nostalgia. The Nintendo GameBoy was a huge nostalgia factor for me. The GameBoy startup sound is just one extended chord followed by an individual note. Could I possibly get sued by Nintendo if I put the chord from the startup sound into my song?
The issue of copyright infringement is one that has been debated for decades, and while most people are aware that they can be sued for illegally downloading music, many are unaware that they can also be sued for using a short note, or sound clip, from a song. This is because even though the clip...View More
The bill of sale does mean something. If you paid him 1800 and have a bill of sale and he refuses to give you the truck you can have him arrested for theft by deception 1st degree, in addition to suing him civilly. Good luck!
“As between Company and myself, I agree that all right, title, and interest in and to any and all copyrightable material, notes, records, drawings, designs, inventions, improvements, developments, discoveries and trade secrets conceived,... View More
I have created a lesson to accompany a novel to sell commercially to other teachers. Most book titles are not trademarked, but the novel title I created the lessons to accompany is listed as "trademarked". In the product, I refer to the title of the book multiple times and the activity... View More
There is no such thing as an "international" trademark. Each country has its own trademark laws, but you can proceed under the Madrid Protocol to ensure that you are able to protect your trademark rights in various countries.
If you were going to pursue protection in all...View More
Copyright law is governed by federal law, the Copyright Act of 1976. It is not controlled by state law, although sometimes the rights of the owner can be enforced in state court. A person who creates a work, let's say a book or a play, owns the rights to that work. Others are prohibited...View More
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