I want to write a small book that would use rappers stage names, unique lyrics and likeness. At a high-level, what sort of of legal things should I know before writing this and what do you think the best next step is for me to navigate this?
You need to be careful. Hire an attorney in your area to assist you. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]
I can think of a few laws that fall under this idea, but none that are intriguing enough to write a paper about. Any ideas of a law that we regularly abide by even though it doesn't directly align with personal values?
"We have respect for the law, as an institution, even though... Read more »
Not sure this meets your "regularly abide by" criterion, but, I practiced in Oklahoma City for 15 years, and there was a criminal law on the books sanctioning the "Abominable Crime Against Nature" (originally passed, it is surmised, to outlaw anything that gay people might do...Read more »
You appear to have done some of your own research based on the link you attached. To be absolutely certain you should contact them directly and/or sit down with an attorney who specializes in such matters. The second option probably the best since you could take a LONG time trying to get a...Read more »
I'd like to build a website where I create CAD models of various products and allow users to visually configure them together to see how it would look, and display stats based on their configuration. An example of this would be showing what one brand of rim would look like on another... Read more »
The depiction of branded products as you describe, for illustrative and informational purposes, does not infringe the trademarks and is called "nominative fair use" just as it is for reviews and commentary, so long as you are not selling those products. Linking to the trademark...Read more »
The statute of limitations to bring a contract claim is the same as in New York, namely, four years. However, most contracts that provide for arbitration shorten such periods. In New York, the arbitrator rules on the statute of limitations but when interstate commerce is involved, the Courts may...Read more »
The photographer owns the copyright in the photo she takes, absent any agreement to the contrary or unless he/she is employed to take it, in which case the employer owns the copyright as a "work for hire."
If the photographer shares a copy of the photo, that does not convey any...Read more »
As an engineering intern for a company, I designed things that cannot be shown to the public. After completing my internship, I kept my final presentation for my personal records -- I've never shown it to anyone outside the company and don't plan on doing so. Now, I am interviewing at the... Read more »
First, this question is showing up on a California part of the site, but the information about you suggests you are in Indiana. Unless licensed in Indiana, a California attorney cannot ethically answer your question. If you are in Indiana you will need to direct this to attorneys in your state....Read more »
Your post covers Admiralty/Maritime together with Adverse Possession. Unless you're talking about seizure/arrest of a ship or boat, it's possible this could be closer to a real estate matter than a maritime law matter. If this involves real property (in the form of land, not vessels), you...Read more »
i.e. are friend of the court briefs ONLY for appeals? A lot of references out there are for amicus curiae for appeals in State and Fed Court. Can such a brief be filed for a case that is NOT on/an appeal?
Friend of the court (amicus curiae) briefs are filed only in appeals, for non-parties to weigh in on what could be precedential legal issues. In lower courts, both state and federal, non-parties may not file papers but someone with substantial interest in the case might appear as an...Read more »
USPTO has a registered Mark for a similar product. But mine is a "Wristband" with Generic Dressing and or Spices words on them depending on what the buyer wants. Is there anything wrong here? Just making sure everything runs smoothly with this idea.??
The trademark registration to which you refer is for a design mark (an incomplete circle containing the wording "CULINARY ID BANDS" superimposed on a seasoning dredge, a squeeze bottle, and a juice bottle) used on silicone rubber identification bands for culinary use. The mark identifies...Read more »
I received a Cease and Desist from a German company called Zielinski Legal, that works with a company called PhotoClaim, for using a photographers image on a blog post of mine in 2015. They are requesting I take the photo down AND reimbursement for copyright infringement and damages.... Read more »
It would be prudent to remove the image, now that you are on notice of a copyright infringement claim. Whether or not you have liability for damages, and how much could be claimed, are determinations that should be made by an experienced...Read more »
I purchased a replica wrestling belt, and I was wanting to take a high resolution picture, upload it to my PC, and digitally through an art program to make an altered and custom version of the belt, and use that new image on a shirt to sell. I was wondering if that was something I can get in... Read more »
It is possible that you would be infringing on the trademark of the issuer of the belt (World Wrestling Federation, etc.). it is also possible that you would be infringing on the copyright of the designer of the original belt.
It is best to consult with an intellectual property attorney to...Read more »
Hello, we got a false accusation by YouTube that we submitted abusive legal requests and terminated our account. Tried to reach them but they never response or take any action. Seeking a resolution for legal advise!
Greetings! Here I will discuss only general information regarding the topic you mentioned here. Nothing I express below creates a lawyer/client relationship. I encourage anyone experiencing a de-platforming issue to schedule a consultation with a lawyer that knows this practice area to get the...Read more »
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