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 »
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 »
I got an Intellectual Property Infringement claim against us on our Etsy store for using photos sent in from customers that contained Gibson guitars. Gibson filed the claim and had our listings deactivated on etsy. I am working with them to get this resolved but I was wondering if I was to blur out... Read more »
The character in question is "Karnov", a character created by the now defunct video game company "Data East", the current owner of this IP is "Gmode". This company redistributes Data East's old arcade titles as digital games online.
Unfortunately this question will be answered with "it depends." If the character/IP is not being used, you may have some solid negotiating leverage in getting a good price. Please consult an IP attorney to help with this issue.
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 hired a web developer to design three websites. He bought my domain names and hosted the sites on his server for a year. Before they were set to expire, he contacted me to inquire about renewing hosting. I decided instead I would like to change hosting. The web developer then cut off my websites... Read more »
Before giving you a definite answer, I would need to see the contract between you two. But generally speaking, this arrangement is a work-for-hire, and whatever he developed should belong to you. So you will likely have a claim for damages against him.
I am a US resident and need to protect my US registered trademark in Australia. I found that someone has stolen my mark and is using it for the same class of products as my brand. Could I use an Australian virtual mailing address to register my mark? On their trademark website, ipaustralia.gov.au,... Read more »
Without knowing other key details here, I believe you should be able to do so. But registering your trademark after infringement may impact your claim for damages or injunctive relief. Feel free to reach out to me with any more questions!
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 »
Example, I read a woodworking book or watch an online class on how to make a type of drawer, and then create an online class using what I learned, without using any of the original material, did I infringe the copyright?
Copyright does not protect ideas, methods and processes. It protects the expression of those ideas, methods and processes. Whether or not you are infringing the person's copyright depends on your use of their work in your own creation.
I was hired by a publisher to write a non-fiction book on a very popular television show where I discuss the history of the show, the themes, the characters and provide my opinion on each of the series episodes. Publisher states because I'm providing an opinion there is absolutely no copyright... Read more »
Your concerns are valid. You should consider seriously getting permission. Make sure the hiring party give you a contract where they take full responsibility or liability. Consult with an attorney before doing anything.
I was working for a pharmaceutical wholesale distributor in mi. I had a 1 year non compete agreement. I was fired 8-17-2017 and my non compete ended 8-17-2018. Two months after the non compete ended, I noticed that the owner of the company was sharing files with me via onedrive (a file sharing... Read more »
Although your noncompete has ended, it is likely that any confidentiality agreement that you had with the company, whether in writing or in a employee manual, still applies after termination of your employment. The information that you mentioned is recognized by Michigan law as trade secrets, and...Read more »
Not necessarily. An abandoned could be revived, and could already or still be in use in commerce so is not necessarily available for use https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/laws-regulations/overview-final-rule-revivals-reinstatements-and-petitions-director
If you make a product, and you sell it to, for example, a wholesaler, then the wholesaler will be able to sell it someone else without your permission. There are ways of preventing the wholesaler from selling it further without your permission, but that is unusual.
I was asked by someone to make a number of hard(CD)copies of music for them. This request requires me to "rip" the content(given to me in CD format) on a computer and then burn the music onto the requested number of CDs( also provided to me). The requester(the commissioner) has told me... Read more »
You may be at risk of committing copyright infringement if the person commissioning the project does not have the appropriate rights. If the commissioner does own the copyright to the content on the CDs, he should be willing to cover any loss you may incur from copying the content (indemnify you)....Read more »
The first step is to research the mark to determine if anyone else is using it or something similar. There are a variety of trademark search services that can perform a search for you. Once you know what other trademarks exist, you may want to change your mark or proceed with a trademark...Read more »
This question is probably too fact-specific for an attorney to be able to give you a clear answer without seeing the game. That being said, it is a dangerous strategy to rely on fair use in a questionable scenario. Fair use is a defense to a lawsuit, which means that you're already in court...Read more »
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