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Q: I paid someone to draw an animated character for me? If end up using that drawing in my tv show what do I have to do?

Would I need a commercial license? And would a commercial license give me full property? is there a way to get full property?

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Feb 22, 2020

The work likely doesn't fit under the definition of work for hire if they were an independent contractor. Depending on the circumstances, you would need a transfer or assignment of the copyright from the artist to you. Feel free to email me at tania.williams@williamsfirmpa.com if you would like... Read more »

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Q: I attended a Bruce Springsteen concert years ago. He shouted, “Is there anyone alive out there?” Crowd cheered.

I have written a fictional manuscript and used that anecdote. A depressed character muses he wishes he felt alive. Since that show Springsteen has used the line “Is there anyone alive out there” in the song “Radio Nowhere.” Can I use the phrase or would that be a copyright infringement?

Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Jan 21, 2020

I would imagine that the phrase is not copyrighted or trademarked and if there was a concern, you could likely say that it was under the “fair use” exception, seeing how it is short and not very original. I used to do standup comedy in NYC and often called out something similar. I would not worry.

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Q: From the Friday the 13th movies everyone Jason comes you hear the sound ch,ch,ch,...ha,ha,ha.I looked it up and what is

actually being said is kill,kill,kill...ma,ma,ma.Now if I recorded my voice on beat saying ch,ch,ch...ha,ha,ha...to sound like the original kill,kill,kill...ma,ma,ma.Do I need to get sample clearance to use it?

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 31, 2015

I doubt it.

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