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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: I would like to get this company together for the first few months and then I’ll get it to up and running in no time

I have a question about how my life would be if I got this company and how much money would be made for my future and family is it sure success in the business or what I do need to know if I going to make my money back in wholesale or whole period

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Oct 7, 2021

This question is very general. Many issues you need to address to stay out of trouble. The most common matter is your trademark. You should conduct a research and make sure you are not using others' trademark. Preferably, you should register your own trademark. Other matters include... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: I recently got a record deal for distribution through universal just wondering if someone could look over it for me
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Aug 28, 2021

Sure. If you email it to me, I can take a quick look to give you a quote to review in full.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: Can i use screenshots of getty and Shutterstock for informative and educative fact videos on youtube?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 14, 2021

I would not recommend that

They tend to chase people who use their content without permission

Consult with an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Internet Law and Trademark on
Q: Under what agreement do I have to register my company which currently own a production company?

This company is mostly about making entertainments videos, movies,dramas,films and musics which is what I aim to achieve on this company. That is why i want to know how I can register it. At the moment we are screwed. The company has more than 44 new volunteer applicants.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 6, 2021

It is unclear what your question or need is.

You need the assistance of an attorney to identify your next steps.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Can I use the name of a fictional city from a movie in my book?

The name used in the movie is “Koriko” while I’ll use “Corico City”. The cities won’t be similar in any way. I wanted to use the name to pay homage to the movie, but am worried about copyright infringement. Thank you!

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jul 12, 2021


Consult with an attorney to search for use of the name and whether there is any registration.

Best luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: Lost racket at sports club,found by employee, left in their office and then disappeared from there. Can I take action?

I left my racket at a sports club of which I wasn't a member. The coach picked it up and confirmed by email that he had it and had left it in his office. Then the COVID crisis hit so I was unable to visit the club to pick it up. The staff member was furloughed and never returned. Now the club... Read more »

Gregory J. Tarone
Gregory J. Tarone answered on Jul 10, 2021

Yes, you can bring an action for replevin to return your personal property to you. That email acknowledging possession is an indication of having possession of your chattel. Assuming the coach is an employee, the owner of the club is responsible also, so sue them both. If the racket is worth less... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Is it alright to use the Santa Cruz logo but change the name instead?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 30, 2021


You must consult with an attorney to evaluate your options and risks

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: What are my chances with an Incidental Fair Use Defense? and how much to Defend my rights?

I'm a journalist with a Youtube channel that covers local news at Venice Beach. I did a 30-minute story on the reopening of Venice Skate park and during the story, you can hear 60 seconds of incidental music playing in the background. I received a copyright notice from the music owner.... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on May 24, 2021

Based on the limited set of facts, this appears to be worth looking into. We are not allowed to seek business through the Q&A. You need to look someone up in the Justia Lawyer Directory. However, I would note that I work with LA County and Ventura County.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Do I need an entertainment lawyer or a business lawyer?

I have a lot of intellectual property claims I would like to file.

I have businesses I would like to create.

I would like to know the legalities of them.

I want to find someone who is willing to work for a percentage.

Julie King
Julie King answered on May 17, 2021

You would be best served hiring a law firm that has both intellectual property attorneys and business attorneys. If your business involves entertainment, then you may need an entertainment lawyer as well. But most business questions can be answered by a business attorney. Best wishes.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Minnesota on
Q: if copyrighted music is in a game, and you upload a video of the game with the music, is there copyright infringement

i had uploaded a video on youtube of beatsaber, in it there was copyrighted music, i got a claim from the music owners, i took the video down and deleted it, what can i do in the future to avoid copyright claims if there is copyrighted music in the game

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 12, 2021

Check with the music owner and see if they have distribution agreements.

You may be able to get some simple licensing to allow to do what you want.

Consult with an attorney for a better analysis.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: In 2001 a well known music artist signed all his right away under duress. His life was threatened if he didn't sign.

Can he file suit since it was under duress? There is alot of money in royalties on the line

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 10, 2021

You definitely have to run very fast to talk to an attorney.

There may be some criminal issues as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: I will be at the end of a 3 year employment contract in LA. I do not want to re-sign. Is unemployment available to me?

Unemployment during my search for a new gig. Also if they offer me a new deal and I decline is unemployment available.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 25, 2021

If you refuse an offer of full time employment you will likely not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. Unless you can prove the reason for your refusal falls within the good cause requirements of the EDD, your action will likely be considered a voluntary quit. If you are not offered a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Entertainment / Sports and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: baseball hitting my house, causes damage either to my property or to someone in the house who's liable?

School baseball field almost right next to our backyard, yesterday a fly ball crashed right into our yard a meter from me. I have three kids and I can't help but forsee glass windows breaking and one of the kids getting hurt. The school has a tall-ish fence up however the balls have been... Read more »

Brandon A. Yosha
Brandon A. Yosha answered on Apr 6, 2021

First, you should notify the superintendent of the little league program. It is quite possible that the superintendent will take steps to prevent foul balls from colliding into your house (i.e. building additional fencing. You could also hire an experienced Attorney to draft and prepare a temporary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for New Mexico on
Q: I'm a musician and want to name my album "Sith" but Lucasfilm has the word trademarked, can I still name it that?
Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Mar 24, 2021

Trademarks can be registered in a number of different "classes" based on their use. You should probably hire an attorney to help you examine which classes LucasFilm has its mark registered in to see if it would conflict with your channel of commerce in music. Ultimately, if there is no... Read more »

Q: Legality of filming illegal activities as a reporter?

Hi my girlfriend and I plan on starting an investigative journalism based YouTube account. We want to shoot a video called, “A look into the black market cannabis scene.” For this video we plan to interview black market cannabis dealers who work with cartels along with filming their operation.... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 9, 2021

You are safe. They are definitely not!

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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: I wrote music for a film and now the client is requesting money back because he doesn't like it. Is he allowed to?

I wrote the music for my clients film. I requested half the payment ($900) upfront and half when the project is completed. I nearly completed the project and sent the project to the client for approval before finalizing the music and he decided he did not like it anymore and he did not want me to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 9, 2021

An attorney who deals with contracts in the entertainment industry could advise best, but you await a response for three weeks. As a general matter, it would probably be difficult for any attorney to comment meaningfully without seeing the requirements of the contract. Additionally, contracts that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: How much ownership of music do I have when a producer does a different version of the music I originally created?

I wrote a song and did the music arrangement in Logic Pro X using many royalty free loops to create my song. If I work with a producer who does his own interpretation of my original song via new music production how much ownership do I have regarding the music content?

I copyrighted my... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Dec 23, 2020

"Influenced by your original song" may or may not be a derivative work. His audio needs to be compared to your work.

A split sheet is useful. You might want to use a collaboration agreement along with the split sheet.

Please also see my answer on Avvo.

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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Entertainment law: need advice for True story

I am writing a book about a true crime story. Some details were published and newspapers and I have details that come specifically from the people who experienced it, including notes of actual conversations and emails. What changes do I need to make to protect myself legally from slander or related... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Dec 13, 2020

It is not really possible to catalog all the types of things that can be said and how to change the things that cannot be said. Each one needs to be reviewed in context. Changes involve legal judgments. The one true crime writer I am personally acquainted with is an attorney.

One way to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Internet Law and Trademark on
Q: I am planning to monetize my YouTube channel under a name that contains the phrase Hogwarts. Will be able to do it?

The channel content will be Information Technology Tutorials.

The channel name goes like Hogwarts______ . Will I be subjected to a copyright or trademark issue?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 11, 2020

Very likely.

I would discourage you from using that name or anything that can be thought or associated with an existing brand.

Consult with an attorney to understand your risks.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for New York on
Q: An established comedian made a web series with a name I've been using to DJ for years. Do I need to change it?

I've been operating as a DJ under a certain name since 2016. I'm small-time, but have been paid to perform and have social media profiles registered under my performance name that have been in use since 2016, although I have never registered a trademark or anything.

Today, I found... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 8, 2020

Depends on how long you have been using it and if they started using it before you or after.

You may have common law rights.

You should contact an attorney to understand your rights better.

At best you could continue using the name unless they contact you in which case you...
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