I was wondering if it’s illegal to create an app that gives people dating advice, as well as help people get their online profiles up to date and make them more presentable for the type of person that they’re looking for. I would state that I’m not a therapist or anything like that. But was... Read more »
If you undertake this plan without having the input of at least two lawyers you will probably regret it. This situation is one that brings to mind the ancient warning: "If it looks too good to be true, it probably isn't."
The only way to know is to search. Even if you search you may have some small risk that a patent application is ahead of you in the pipeline but is not visible yet. However, searching is the commercially reasonable way to reduce your risk of running into a problem.
Could I tape off / guard entry access to a small apartment courtyard (outside), keeping volume below 'coherent & audible' levels to the sidewalk to watch a DVD that I own (non-public-license), not well-viewable from sidewalk, if I invite a few neighbors & friends (10 max) verbally (no advertisement... Read more »
Copyright law allows viewing of your DVD with family and a close circle of friends in a private setting, as long as they are not being charged for the viewing. Your proposal may or may not fit into that. Your choice to take the risk or not. Here is a helpful resource:...Read more »
The key here is whether the item in question is tangible or intangible. If it is tangible, like a book, painting, or the table in your example, then they can't restrict your right to that particular tangible item when they sell that item to you. However, if it is intangible like the rights to use a...Read more »
I just finished my first draft. To compose the climax of the story I used one of my favorite songs as an outline, as it fit perfectly with my tale. I did not use exact lyrics at all, and significantly expanded the story of the song. The narrative flow and sequence of events is the same, however.... Read more »
It depends on how much of the content is used, the context of the use, and the original work. A copyright attorney would need to review your proposed work and the original work to determine if the new work is protected by fair use. Nonprofits are not automatically exempt from copyright...Read more »
I started writing freelance for a company that paid $50/article through paypal. However, I never signed any contract stating copyright laws or even a contract saying they would continue to pay me. It was all through email and phone calls. Because I didn't sign a contract, I'd like to reuse the... Read more »
If you're the author of the book and have retained all intellectual property interests in the writing, that's okay. If someone else is the author and you don't have a license to reproduce and display the book for that purpose, that's not okay.
My concern is that even though they're in the public domain, they are still published today using the same basic format and design. Can I legally reproduce the old versions? The Farmers Almanac website acts is if they own all of them in perpetuity.... Read more »
There are other intellectual property rights involved here. These include trademark, trade name, trade dress, and potentially general unfair competition claims. All of these claims have no expiration date in which they become public domain (a concept that only applies to copyrights and patents)....Read more »
I have a contract with them that states they may republish "as mutually agreed upon from time to time, as evidenced by an email." I have never once been consulted about them republishing my work. Otherwise, I would have said no, or asked for more money.
Contact an intellectual property lawyer for all the details. If you do not own the trademark and the name (and/or image is registered as active), the use of the mark is possible, but you must be careful (and be aware that you may receive a cease and desist letter). For trademarks the issue is brand...Read more »
I want to pay this young artist for work for video production (logos, etc.) because they are incredibly good. He turns 16 in January, but in order to protect myself I'm just curious if it would be legal to pay him commission as agreed on both sides for the artwork. His parents are okay with it and... Read more »
There is nothing illegal with employing a minor provided that the employment stays within the limits of state labor laws (mostly related to hours working and ending at a certain time in the evening). If you are commissioning artwork it is likely that this employment does not run afoul with any...Read more »
Without directly reviewing the exact intended use and all surrounding situations, I cannot make a full assessment, but I can provide general guidance. Cookbooks are unusual copyright materials because large portions of the book are uncopyrightable. Specifically the list of ingredients and general...Read more »
Assuming you have a valid contract and valid contractually assignment of licensed copyright, you can bring (or threaten to bring) suit for either or both copyright violations or contractual breach. A lawyer would need to review the copyright assignment agreement to see what rights were transferred...Read more »
I am self publishing through Kindle Direct, and do not want to break any copyright laws. I have heard of a company called Damsel in Defense, but wasn't sure if I could still use the terminology for my title.
Copyright and trademarks are two different types of intellectual property protection vehicles. Copyrights cover the text (and any images) of the book, while trademarks cover the title and some brand-related images/designs. Here is the link to the USPTO for a trademark search:...Read more »
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