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 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 »
She can and did do this without your signature. It sounds like your car title was an "or" title. This type of title would allow either one of you to trade or sell the vehicle without the signature of the other. It is very unlikely that you will be able to get the car back from the...Read more »
i WAS HIT IN AN ACCIDENT, BECAUSE OF AN ERROR ON THE CITY COURTS SIDE, MY LICSENSE WAS SHOWING AS SUSPENDED ITWASNT SUPPOSED TO BE, AFTER THE OFFICER SAW THAT HE IMPOUNDED MY TRUCK, AND STARTED TO IGNORE ME COMPLETELY, WROTE ME TICKET, TOLD THE GUY WHO STRUCK ME IT WAS AUTOMATICALLY MY FAULT,... Read more »
Assuming you were injured, and the two years has not run, you can make a claim against the other driver. Trying to sue someone over the court mess won't get you anywhere. Congratulations, though on unscrambling it. As to the bills, depending on what they are etc you may be able to collect on...Read more »
I'm 16 and living with my mother now 30 miles away from my school. I still have to go to school and im wondering if I could legally stay with a friend until school is out. My father also has a case my mother opened against him and his girlfriend for refusing to let me and my sister see her but... Read more »
Before you start your business you should speak with an intellectual property attorney. You may need licenses from Disney, Marvel and others to use their memorabilia, trade names, trade marks, etc. If you do not do this properly, you run the risk of being sued. A lawsuit could ruin a new...Read more »
As a matter of fact, you no longer have to register it in order to be protected. You have a copyright from the moment that you create your work in a fixed medium. You may want to register your work nonetheless because you need to have it registered if you...Read more »
I have a podcast for children and got permission from a musician to use one of his songs on one specific episode. The podcast episode is offered for free and I will give appropriate credit to him on the episode. It sounds like he owns the rights to his own music. He thought I would need a... Read more »
It sounds like you should ask for a written license/permission to use the work which states that the song writer does in fact own all of the rights and he is granting you x times to use the work under certain circumstances. You should consider all of the ways you might use the work going forward,...Read more »
I am a custom watchmaker who creates dials and watches. I have designed an absolutely unique way to track and read the time of day on a watch dial. This design could be used in clocks also. Here is my question: Can this unique dial configuration be trademarked or maybe copyrighted so that others... Read more »
To fully answer your question I would need to know more about the function of the dial configuration. The design may be protected by copyright law if it is not functional. However, the scope of copyright protection may be narrow, leaving room for others to design around your dial. From your...Read more »
The most important issue, though not the only one, is whether there is or is not a reasonable likelihood of confusion with the relevant consumer market. Thus, in general, the more similar the names, the higher the likelihood of confusion, the more similar the products, the higher likelihood of...Read more »
Did you take the photograph? The holder of the copyright in a photo is the person who actually took the picture, or a licensee/transferee of the copyright. As such, any claim would have to be made by the actual copyright holder. Meanwhile, using a portion of a copyrighted work (cropping it down...Read more »
I am an artist who is planning on making custom painted tote bags and selling them. I bought the bags from a website and plan on painting them myself but is it illegal to paint things such as band logos, star wars characters, tv/video game characters ect. onto a bag and then sell it myself? Is that... Read more »
You are very likely going to be infringing on a number of intellectual property rights if you use band logos, star wars characters, etc. Not only might you be infringing on copyrights, you might have trademark issues, product dilution issues, false attribution of source/sponsorship issues, etc....Read more »
Your factual scenario is a bit unclear. Names, short phrases, slogans and terms are not subject to copyright law. Copyright attaches automatically to original works of authorship, which may include the character that you describe. Copyright notice is no longer obligatory to perfect copyright in...Read more »
I am a student at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. I have been told multiple times that as students, any videos that we create using our school's equipment do not belong to us students; they belong to the school and we have no rights to the content. Is this... Read more »
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