The agency and the agency's client whom the videos were used by had a falling out and both are claiming ownership of the videos I shot. I worked almost exclusively with the agency on production of various projects, and the agency paid all my invoices except one that was paid by the... Read more »
There is a song which I very much enjoy, however, there is some swearing. Could I edit the swearing out and upload it back onto youtube without it being illegal so long as I am not having any sort of financial gain from it?
In the U.S., trademarks arise through "use in commerce." "Commerce" means an actual commercial sale, lease or similar transaction involving a product or service. Reserving a domain name is important, but it isn't enough, by itself, to establish a trademark right. If the...Read more »
If I did start the brand it would have my own original ideas and style. The only thing that would match would be the name BRAINDEAD, nothing else. Do you think I would still be applicable for a lawsuit?
Before launching your brand you should conduct thorough trademark research. Trademark research will show you what companies are using that same name or a similar name. Based on such research, you can then make a good determination about whether you'd be exposing yourself to a lawsuit...Read more »
I want to create a fangame based off of the very popular Pokemon franchise from Nintendo, but don't want to be involved in copyright lawsuits. If I create a game with my own monsters which can be caught, battled, level up, and evolve in a world similar to a normal pokemon game, but uses my own... Read more »
In the US (specifically Arizona), if you create intellectual property (e.g. website, social media channels and 3rd party sales channels) as a volunteer (I was a volunteer in a business my husband was a co-owner in, I was not paid, wasn't asked to do create the IP nor directed in any way and... Read more »
I am a pro se Plaintiff in a federal copyright case. The Judge is denying me the right to depose the Defendant (an entity) under Rule 30(b)(6). Is this allowable? How is it that I can be restricted from deposing the other party?
We are wondering what liability can come from this? We do not currently make money from the internet and are just making interesting videos. The contract says we grant non-exclusive license. We're fine giving it away for free but since we don't make money from this, we just want to make... Read more »
An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. Because of its complexity and detail, this could be a difficult post for an attorney to respond to without knowing more information, and likely seeing the agreement you mention. If you continue not to get a response,...Read more »
I am not exactly sure what your question is, but are you referring to using the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for commercial products? If that is the question, I would be very careful, you can run into potential problems including with "right of publicity" claims from the individual...Read more »
I am unfamiliar with copyright laws so I needed help with several questions regarding copyright and fair use. If I make a video review of a video game, am I allowed to use music from that game in the video for the purpose of review/critique? Is it fair use? If not, how can I contact these companies... Read more »
I am starting an art opinion blog, writing about museums, galleries, and exhibitions. I take my own photos of the artwork in these spaces when allowed. I would like to post these pictures on my blog to add detail but am worried about the legality of posting pictures of someone else's... Read more »
This will most likely fall within the exception of "fair use" in copyright law, but be sure to check to see if some of sculptures are also subject to a trademark registration (see, e.g., Space Needle, Golden Gate Bridge).
Also check the Terms of Entry with every single museum to...Read more »
I have a eyelash line and I want to change my packaging. The packaging would look like the skittles design, the rainbow and all that but the name on on the package would say lashbites instead of skittles. Same for sourpatchkids, airheads, lifesavers. Every package will have that design but the... Read more »
You are running the risk of infringing upon the trademark, trade dress, and copyright rights of all of these brands. Even if the name is different, if you utilize packaging "look and feel" and/or artwork from another, you will have a very high...Read more »
Four months prior to filing my lawsuit as a pro se litigant, I wrote a letter to the company I am now suing requesting preservation of ESI (in particular, security video). I also sent a second notice months after the filing of the case. Both letters were sent via certified mail. That security video... Read more »
Well, this isn't really a copyright question, but an evidentiary question. The failure to preserve or produce relevant evidence in a civil case can have consequences to the party who failed to preserve/produce. The legal concept is called spoliation. You should research that topic to...Read more »
I wrote/directed/produced/music/vfx edit/casting/ created my whole short film. They sent me a denial letter saying because I had actors in my short film, that I couldn't get my copy certificate through the single application, if I disagree with their terms, I can resubmit with a fee of $350. I... Read more »
I'm about to purchase a few images and logos for my small start up business online and the seller is a freelancer from overseas I want to make sure the photos or images are not stolen or I think the term is copyrighted by anyone else before I use them online for my business is there a way to do this
If you can save a JPEG of the photo, you can drop it into the Google images search bar and see if there are other images out there like it. Unfortunately, searching the Copyright Office's website is not as user-friendly as the USPTO's website. I can assist you in doing a comprehensive...Read more »
I have a blog. I'd like to compile a resource with the jists of popular books in my niche, their main points, my experience with applying what they teach, and highlight practical ways to apply it (more or less). I'd like to sell these as downloadable pdfs. I'd imagine I may run into... Read more »
If you intend to do synopses (of sorts) accompanied by your opinions based on your experiences, it is not likely that you will face copyright issues. Your papers should not contain materials such as charts, graphs, graphics, etc. found in the works on which you are opining....Read more »
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