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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Iowa on
Q: What are the stipulations or best practices around asking AI to write poetry that will be used for choral music writing?

I am a composer and have ideas for poetry I'd like AI to help draft. I would then tweak it and use it as the text for choral compositions. I want to make sure that is legal or to learn if there are best practices around acknowledgements for the text. If I have to acknowledge Google Gemini for... View More

Alan Harrison
Alan Harrison
answered on May 2, 2024

Copyright in GenAI work is a fascinating topic. I would love to discuss it with you. A short answer to your question is that the U.S. Copyright Office does not register copyrights for works produced by Gen AI. No court so far has told them that they have to. Without a registered copyright, there is... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Iowa on
Q: Is it legal to use Marvel characters on a poster - and sell them?

Given the Marvel cinematic universe, I would create a comic book-style poster in both cinematic and chronological order. The posters would have the characters, quotes, and small details that can be seen in the movies - such as 'I am Iron Man', or the New Asgard town sign. The art style... View More

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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answered on Aug 8, 2023

This product is likely to be found infringing of Marvel's copyrights as well as trademarks. The characters are all protected by copyright, and most of them are trademarks as well. Compiling several of them adds fuel to the fire and shows predatory intent which could subject you to punitive damages.

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3 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Iowa on
Q: I need to know if this is breaching a Patent.

For school, I am planning a a Solar Array for the roof a vehicle such as a Pickup Truck or Van. My idea is similar to an existing patent, Patent Publication Number 20180175785, however my idea is smaller in size, by more than half, and designed for a different purpose, renewable energy generation... View More

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
answered on Sep 2, 2021

The issue is how different is your invention from other products claimed in patents and patent applications, or disclosed in the literature. You should consult a patent attorney to assist you with a patentability evaluation of your product.

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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Tax Law for Iowa on
Q: I am disabled I got a letter say I had to pay the last half of my property tax by may 15 or the sell what can I do

I paied the first half and wont have the money for the last half till June 3

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
answered on May 2, 2019

Call the county assessor and tell them you need more time to pay the tax. They'll tell you your options.

Or hire an attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Iowa on
Q: Who owner the ampersand mark? Please refer to all information in registered trademark 86905207, from the USPTO website.

I asked for the ownership of this mark from its creation. Please validate.

Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos
answered on Mar 21, 2019

I don't understand the question.

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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Iowa on
Q: If a trademark saying was active but has now been abandoned, can I step in and take over with a similar trademark?

Trademark taken by another person/company: Live by the seed of your plants

Our trademark: We live by the seeds of our plants

Andrew Zulieve
Andrew Zulieve
answered on Nov 3, 2018

If the trademark was registered with the U.S. Trademark Office, but the status of the registration is listed as abandoned, that does not necessarily mean that the trademark is no longer in use in commerce and abandoned within that context. It may still be in use in commerce and protected under... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Iowa on
Q: Can I post a free Lord of the Rings themed game on the internet without infringing copyright?

I invented a game that me and my friends play. It is an Lord of the Rings themed game that mostly merely uses LOTR races (i.e. Ents, Hobbits, etc.). Can I post it on the internet totally free without violating copyright.

Will Blackton
Will Blackton
answered on Jun 23, 2017

While I am a big fan of Tolkein and gaming, I don't think posting your game online is wise without talking to an attorney first. Whether you potentially infringe on any copyright or trademark interest that Middle-earth Enterprises a/k/a The Saul Zaetz Company (which seems to own the worldwide... View More

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