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Q: When a photo is taken on private property with permission of the property owner who owns the image?

I take images at motorsports venues and want to clarify who is the owner of the photo. The photographer, the property owner of both?

Thank you.

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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answered on Aug 21, 2023

The photographer is owner of the copyright in the photo, unless he has been hired to do it, in which case the employer owns the copyright as a work-for-hire.

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Q: I am making a children book. For that, I use AI to help me make the pictures. Who has the copyright to pictures from AI?

I provide my own prompts to make the pictures of AI. I also plan to edit them a little so they exactly look the way I want them. at least some of them. Does it make a difference if I change something on them?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Jun 18, 2023

The question of who owns the copyright to pictures created by AI is a complex and evolving area of law. In general, copyright law grants ownership of creative works to the human author or creator of the work. However, in the case of AI-generated works, the question of authorship and ownership can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Ohio on
Q: There’s a company named “TenBack Bowling Outfitters” or “Tenback pro shop” is it possible to just use the name “Ten Back
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answered on Mar 10, 2023

It depends on several factors, including whether the company has trademarked the name "Ten Back" or a similar name. If the company has a trademark on the name or a similar name, then using it without permission could be considered trademark infringement. It's also important to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Gaming for Ohio on
Q: How does it effect the non custodial parent if the mother and child now adult are in a troubled situation living with a
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answered on Mar 29, 2023

This is not a copyright question. Direct this towards family law.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Divorce, Collections and Communications Law for Ohio on
Q: If FBI blocked SSN who's responsible for the fraud thiefs 2016 Cambridge university of surveillance Brian Wayne Ellis

European council offered me settlement I declined it . Arbitration in California, well someone signed it. Not me. Millions gone plus insurance and I have a few things to prove how email address was used ssn no!

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Feb 7, 2023

This sounds like one big scam. There was never any money, you were never going to get anything from the "European Council", whatever that is.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: When is it safe to remake and market old patents and copyrights and what are some things to be aware of?
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Jan 31, 2023

When the term of the patent or the copyright expires.

The idea of a patent is a contract between an inventor and the public, as represented by the government. The inventor discloses the invention, which is valuable to the public, to the society, and gets something in return. The inventor...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Ohio on
Q: I'm starting a video podcast. Can I use still images from various tv and movies?

When we mention a character, we'd like to be able to show that character without getting sued by Disney. And this podcast will be for profit, if that's relevant.

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answered on Jan 12, 2023

Generally speaking, when it comes to using copyrighted images in a video podcast, it’s important to understand the laws surrounding copyright and fair use. In general, it is illegal to use copyrighted images without permission. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule, and one of them... View More

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Q: Hello, can i ask a question here? am I speaking with a real lawyer?

Okay. I'll explain what i need some advice about - it pertains to copyright. This will all sound a bit odd, so i apologize.

Im a writer. Im writing a fantasy prose story - something with a diesel-punk aesthetic. I'm using publicly free domain fantasy races - goblins, elves,... View More

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answered on Oct 27, 2022

Yes, real lawyer here.

Although the copyrights for the DnD games and fiction are owned by Wizards of the Coast LLC, that does mean that the word "Artificer" by itself is the subject of copyright. "Artificer" is just a word in the dictionary and its use in original works...
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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: How can I protect my ideas from being stolen while looking for funding and investors with no money for a patent?

I have multiple ideas/inventions and i don't know how to explain my ideas to investors to get funding without having a patent to protect my ideas. But I don't have the funding to pay for a lawyer and everything to get a patent. So what could I do to protect myself and my ideas while... View More

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Jul 31, 2022

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. You can't get funding without patents, and you can't get a patent without money. It is a Catch-22.

Here are some guidelines:

(1) You need to recognize that ideas by themselves are not protectable. If you have an idea...
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Q: My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

I am concerned because, outside of my current employment. And outside of my current employers scope of business. I wish to pursue several patents.

The wording of this document... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can review the document, your current activities regarding other patents, and then advise you accordingly of any changes to the document before you sign it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Ohio on
Q: Company with two similar of the same company name in the same state

Hello,I own a landscaping business it’s been established since 2019 . In 2021 I noticed a new landscaping company With too much of a similarity to my company name. It wasn’t a problem till a this months when We started receiving backlash and constant phone calls of upset clients of theirs .... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 1, 2022

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney to review the facts and discuss sending a cease and desist letter raising issues of unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and infringement against the other company.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Legality of showing websites we've built for marketing agencies in our portfolio?

We previously worked for a Chicago-based Marketing Agencies developing websites. We're wondering now if we can display those websites in our portfolio legally. There was no written agreement with the agency. We're worried about getting sued if the agency sees those websites in our... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Apr 26, 2022

If there was no written agreement with those agencies, then you retain the copyright in the materials that you created for them. They have the right to use the websites, but you actually own the copyright. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney to review the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Can someone sue someone for civil if they don't live in that state?

Suing me in California and i lived in Ohio all my life

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Feb 18, 2022

If you have minimum contacts with that state, then personal jurisdiction over you will exist under California’s long arm statute. If not then you should fight jurisdiction.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on
Q: Can a minor in Ohio register for copyright?

Hi, i’m 17 and I plan on launching a company. I was wondering if I can copyright the company at my age.

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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answered on Jan 22, 2022

Copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to copy and distribute an original creative work in a literary, artistic, educational, or musical form. Minors may claim copyright, and the Copyright Office issues registrations to minors.

If, however, you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Ohio on
Q: This may be a complex question, but I am trying to figure out the right way to ask.

This may be a complex question, but I am trying to figure out the right way to ask.

Lets say I legally research & purchase a dead trademark and/or copyright today. Pretend it is an old obsolete cereal & the purchased logo & word is (Dazzlecorn).

Now I want the domain... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 21, 2022

A trademark registration might have expired or been cancelled, but the owner might still have valid rights in the mark unless the owner has "abandoned" the mark. If another person begins using it, the owner can claim infringement. Whether the mark was abandoned would be determined by... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Communications Law for Ohio on
Q: My child was included in a broadcast on a news channel. Am I entitled to a copy of the broadcast?

Child is underage and I am the guardian/parent. Sent email requesting it and they claim they can't due to some copyright excuse. I've never heard of this from other requests I've made of other news outlets.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 12, 2022

Whether they must give you a copy would depend on the terms of the agreement you made with them when you gave them permission to make a video using your child. They own the copyright in the video recording, but can only use it and broadcast it within the terms of your permission and agreement to... View More

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Q: Can I legally make digital designs using octonaut characters and have them printed on material and sell on etsy?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 7, 2022

Without permission of the owner of the copyrights in those characters and their images, that would violate US Copyright Laws for which there can be civil and criminal penalties if the owner learns of your use. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on
Q: Is using 'Dead Poets' as a non-profit club nickname a copyright or trade mark violation?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Oct 27, 2021

Maybe, you need to consult with an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts and Copyright for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal to sell someone's else stuff without their knowledge or consent?

Until my lease for my new apartment began, I stayed at my friend's place for a month. Recently when moving in, I forgot some items at the friend's place. The next day after move-in, I asked the friend if I can go to their place and collect my remaining items. They said they were out of... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 8, 2021

Take a criminal complaint against the boyfriend for theft and conversion.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on
Q: how does it work when a minor has a car in ohio, and turns 18? is the title in his name at first?

I’m a 17 year old minor. I’m buying my 25 year old brother’s car soon. Person to person sale. How does the title work? Would it go in my parent’s name and when I’m 18, I need to change it or it automatically changes. Or is it in my and their name, and it automatically removes when I’m 18?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Jul 29, 2021

You cannot own property as a minor. The car would be in your parent(s) name. When you turn 18 it does not automatically change. They would have to either gift, or sell you the car. You would take that to the BMV for a new title and pay the associated costs.

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