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Q: Can a brand name be trademarked by someone else if it has been registered as a legal entity in the State of Alabama?

If a brand name has been established but we had not trademarked the name and just recently found out someone else has can we legally no longer use the brand name?

Mark A. Baker
Mark A. Baker answered on Jan 10, 2018

If the other party's use of the name has been trademarked through the USPTO, you may have an uphill battle. Much would depend upon the timing, although if your usage of the name commenced before the other party's use, and you can document this use, then there may be an avenue to proceed. Without... Read more »

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Q: Do I (the producer) own the rights to an artist’s image/likeness/master recordings?

I produced (recorded, mixed, mastered, published, etc) two albums and numerous music videos for an artist. We were a team and were good friends. The artist willingly allowed me to record him, video him, photograph him, etc. and post it all on my website and social media pages many times. No... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Dec 4, 2017

Unless the artist agreed to convey to you the property you don't own it. You might try to enforce some contract by course of dealing, or attempt to show that he gave the work away, but you are going to learn a lesson in doing things without an agreement in place.

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