I’m a florist. A photographer took pictures of my work at a wedding. Can the wedding planner use the images on her site (or in social media) without crediting me?
answered on Feb 22, 2023
This is a difficult one. It would be tough to establish you have copyright protection in the floral arrangement itself. Theoretically, you could, but temporary articles of nature like this are always tough. You’d face several hurdles: it needs to have a threshold level of creativity (i.e.,... Read more »
Like France Belgium Switzerland Mexico, Japan etc
answered on Feb 25, 2023
Obtaining the rights to use the name Willy Wonka and the Wonka bar can be a complex process, as it involves negotiating with the owners of the intellectual property rights associated with the name and the brand. In this case, the owners would likely be the estate of Roald Dahl and the companies... Read more »
- I’ve searched and it is not trademarked.
- The quote from the book is only 7 words and I am looking to sell my own artwork inspired by the book with the quote on it.
-the book was independently published
- I was under the assumption that short phrases cannot be... Read more »
answered on Oct 14, 2022
You really need to speak with a copyright attorney. It would seem that quote is quite generic. But most of the exceptions to use of copyrighted material revolve around non-commercial activity; your proposed use would be commercial, so you definitely will want to check into it before moving forward.
I want to make video game content like YouTube videos or screenshot pictures. Like game playthroughs or something. I also want to be able to monetize somehow, like with ads, affiliate marketing, or linking to Patreon.
But I'm worried about getting in trouble with copyright or getting... Read more »
answered on Sep 13, 2022
thats a very interesting question and I will gladly try to answer it.
At first, in general, it is legal to create a gameplay videos from video games and post them on youtube and then monetize your channel. There are some circumstances when this does not apply such as... Read more »
I’m working on a book that will be a collection of stories from my childhood. Can I use a picture (that I have in my possession) of a family member on the book cover without having to seek their permission?
answered on Mar 10, 2022
Possibly. But why risk it? Suppose your book becomes a best seller. Do you want to risk a public problem down the road that could have been avoided by privately asking permission?
I produced a film in Michigan in 2018 and now someone is attempting to make a documentary about the event without my permission. Do I have the legal protection to ask them to cease and desist? They are a resident of Ohio and are attempting to interview not only myself, but members of the cast and... Read more »
answered on Jan 9, 2022
You would be wise to speak with an intellectual property attorney. If you are a producer of a commercial film, you may be considered a public figure, which affords you less privacy interest. Even if you are not a public figure, if the documentary is based on truth, I'm not sure what recourse... Read more »
the golf ball includes a single picture of boss baby
answered on Jul 18, 2021
It depends on the seller and the type of content.
Consult with an attorney.
The 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead" wasn't properly trademarked due to an error and ended up in the Public Domain. Various Comic book Characters from the Golden Age of Comics in the 1930s and 1940s also entered the public domain when their publishers went out of business. I just... Read more »
answered on Mar 12, 2021
First, be generally aware there is a difference between 'registered' copyrighted works, works protected by copyright, and works with expired copyright protections, and 'works' without copyright protection.
Second, intellectual property is quite a bit like any other type... Read more »
Example loony tunes characters. Pepe le Pew.
answered on Feb 16, 2021
This would require a license from the license holder, occasionally represented by a consortium, permitting you to use the character. Some intellectual property holders that regularly license out its property, like book publishers or some collegiate associations, will have links on webpages to... Read more »
answered on Dec 28, 2020
Justia is a great resource for finding IP lawyers. And many IP lawyers can work in multiple states under certain circumstances. For example, I have litigated cases in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Indiana (among others).
I want to use the initials GTFO.
answered on Nov 9, 2020
Go to USPTO search trademarks. See if anyone us using this in your classification. Also do a common law search (especially in the state you are planning to do business), and others. A lot of similar marks are allowed to co-exist, but do a little leg work and see what you find. Good legal. This... Read more »
I have a business called Crossnik Media. We are getting ready to run an introductory ad with the goal of getting some brand recognition for our new local business in Midland, MI. At the end, we say "Welcome to Crossnik Media", because throughout the ad, we're explaining our... Read more »
answered on Oct 19, 2020
In order to give definitive advice to you I would want to know all of the facts, including your proposed use, but I can say for certain that the bank does not have exclusive rights to that the word "welcome". I don't see any possibility of confusion if you are using "welcome... Read more »
The name of my business is GOAT Nails and I am wanting to make sure it is ok for me to use the acronym G.O.A.T.throughout my website.
answered on Aug 5, 2020
Interesting question - I would have thought that G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) would be too generic to trademark, but I see that some people have successfully done it. You should check the TESS database (tess2.uspto.gov) to search for all of the US registered trademarks with the word GOAT in... Read more »
Hi, student from Michigan. I'm considering starting a nonprofit project where we rewrite published free, publicly accessible scientific articles in simple language and re-publish them on the Web through our own website (freely available of course). I was wondering whether this counts as fair... Read more »
answered on Aug 5, 2020
I would say no. Best to get permission from the authors before doing this. They might appreciate your efforts.
I am creating a continuing education program and certification for strength and conditioning coaches and rehabilitation professionals on training and rehab of the throwing athlete. I would like to show video analysis of voiceover style videos featuring professional pitchers to demonstrate proper... Read more »
answered on Jun 19, 2020
You should get permission from the copyright holder of the video - could be the videographer or their employer, or ESPN... In my opinion what you are describing would not pass a fair use test. You might also need permission from the athlete in the video, depending on state law.
Like I want to develop this app which is like the Pokemon Dex but for anime characters and I can't draw and even if I could, it would be technically using the art from the anime character creator. I want to monetize it so I am able to upgrade the backend as the character's info is with... Read more »
answered on Jun 15, 2020
Unless you really have a license, you would be lying by crediting them in the license section.
No. See who owns the art and try to get a license.
You can also hire somebody for original art.
I currently create a hair product for a celebrity that I created and cook in my kitchen. I package it and send it and she applies her label to it. Can I patent the formula just in case she wants to buy it, how do I know how to price the formula? She has ingredients, not the specific formula... Read more »
answered on Jun 9, 2020
Yes, you could get a patent on a formulation of a hair product. As a matter of fact, I have written several of them for clients.
But I have to warn you: it is not easy. It is not easy to get a patent on a new mixture of known ingredients, as you seem to be doing. Firstly, it is likely... Read more »
There can also be other variantions of it made and i want that too all different sizes and shapes but it the same product
answered on May 5, 2020
Congratulations on your new venture. I hope that it will be profitable for you.
And also congratulations about worrying about patents now, before you start the production and sales. Too many people ignore patents, spend lots of money on designs, tooling up, and manufacturing their... Read more »
Now this man is threatening to take me to court for a false takedown under Fair Use terms. Can he do this?
answered on May 1, 2020
In doing so, he will have the burden of proof that what he was doing comes within the criteria of fair use. The annoying thing is that whoever the ISP, they just dumped the ball into your court. You may want to explore with an attorney familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its... Read more »
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