Would it be more likely or less likely to qualify as a fair use, if a History Club, that is part of a nonprofit educational institution, were to show historically based movies to club members and to have a history professor comment on and critique the accuracies and inaccuracies of the historical... Read more »
Do I need to obtain clearance if the work is mentioned verbally and not actually seen on screen?. For example, if I have a line from a popular musical. Another example would be if I just mention a Television channel, like National Geographic?
The copyright statute covers the form of expression in the work and not the ideas in it. Factual reference to an item is usually not infringement. However, it is difficult to tell what you mean by "verbally reference." Are you referring to the mention of a painting or are you repeating lyrics...Read more »
This is an open-ended question. In many cases using ideas from other publications is not copyright infringement. Using pictures and quotes could be. An interesting concept is that of getting permission from the author. This is not always difficult or expensive. Consulting an attorney could be a...Read more »
What do you mean by "have a brand name?" If you have a product or service you provide under the brand name there might be an issue to consider. If you happen to have a name that you wrote down and nobody else knows about it there might not be anything protectable there. You can usually get better...Read more »
Hi. I'm Alex. I will be brief. I develop a technology based on Artificial Intelligence which produces its own music in real time. The thing is that I teach MY system by using copyrighted music. Will I have any copyright infringement if I monetize the technology? Thanks.
As a generality, if you copy music and use it, it is copyright infringement whether or not you monetize it. There are exceptions for "fair use." However, those exceptions are much narrower than most copiers think they are.
Serious companies consider paying a license fee. Sometimes the cost...Read more »
Getty Images claims to just be the host(although they are the ones licensing and selling the images) :University of Southern California"image library is the contributor and supposed rights manager.i would be grateful for your help in removing these painful and traumatic images removed as soon as... Read more »
A good start would be having an attorney draft a simple but effective “cease and desist” letter, accompanied by a DMCA takedown notice to Getty Images. I would be happy to assist. Shoot me an email and we can discuss: email@example.com
Work was done without any contract, client refused to pay. I removed the code I wrote and now am being threatened with a lawsuit. Since there was no contract, it looks as if the code is legally mine under copyright laws. Is this correct?
Absent a written agreement or other express understanding that the developer would be the owner of the code upon its creation (i.e. some type of work-for-hire language) then you have a good basis for claiming that ownership in the code never exchanged hands because you have not been compensated for...Read more »
How do I protect my idea for a website/app? I don’t want to disclose too much about it—that’s the reason for my asking in the first place—I don’t want a copycat with more resources/startup money than me to steal my idea & make a fortune off of my concept.
Rooms have film related posters and memorabilia such as a Disney room, a horror room or a Star Wars/si fi room. The question concerns the use of retail available film items to make income as in room rental?
Commercial use of copyrighted images qualifies as an IP violation, and thus a license would be needed from the copyright owner for such use. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself....Read more »
The music is from two 1961 episodes of The Twilight Zone that were scored by composer Jerry Goldsmith. How would I go about getting the rights to use that music in a short film I am working on? Would this even be possible? Any idea of what it would cost? Thanks!
To use copyrighted material, one would need to find out who owns the copyright and contact them for a license. But you'd also need to determine whether your use qualifies as "fair use". More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial...Read more »
The ranch owner refuses to sign the model release after a verbal agreement was struck prior to the shoot. He wishes to control which pictures I can use and when. He wishes to modify the model release after rejecting the initial release. I took the pictures with my camera. Do I own the copyrights... Read more »
Your first mistake was in relying on a "verbal agreement." Verbal agreements are nearly impossible to prove. I have not seen the agreement proposed by the ranch owner, but you should have a short, professional agreement in your file, containing various releases. I handled many cases for various...Read more »
I understand that California's law protects employees inventions done on their own time, using their own equipment if unrelated to the employer's business. I'm not clear what constitutes an "invention." Do works of authorship and other copyrightable material count as an invention? Trademarks? Brand... Read more »
I don’t think that this will be possible. You could copy older versions of the Bible (e.g., KJV, RV, ASV), but I suspect that your students already have those. Copying a concordance indexed to one of these Bibles may possibly be OK as well, but not anything more.
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