I own a small two-person photography / videography business. One of my clients is a car dealership that has the brands Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. I’ve taken photographs weekly for them for years and am looking to see if I can legally sell prints of these vehicles. I’m afraid... Read more »
Interesting question. The situation you describe has copyright and trademark implications. Because the cars have insignias and other marks on them, in addition to their overall look, the trademark owners likely would not like the public to think they authorized you to take the photos. Similarly,...Read more »
I was registered on a company's database (DB). At some point, the company got merged into another one, which asked us (the customers) whether we want to transfer our registry to the new DB. They gave a deadline to reply, and I did not reply in time. Later, when I realized what happened I tried... Read more »
Since this appears to be happening in a strictly commercial setting IMO nothing you said in your lengthy question is unlawful in Florida--or in most if not all other states. Businesses that acquire customer lists from other businesses when the two businesses merge do not have to continue doing...Read more »
I'm making a photo-sharing app where users can add music to photos (if they're members of Apple Music or Spotify) and share these photos that have songs on them to other apps, would that be illegal? Since Apple Music/Spotify both own licenses to songs and users are paying for these services.
My friend used my cell phone to take a picture of my sound bowl and it came out beautiful. She he says the picture is his intellectual property. Although the cellphone used to take the picture and the sound bowl is mine. Who owns the photo?
The developer is in India and has the ready-made app that I need to run my business. Developer is offering to sell me a license to use the app since I do not have the money to buy the app outright. However, I am concerned about paying for use of the app only and end up in a situation where the app... Read more »
I have a store on eBay and noticed that other sellers are using them without my permission and now I found a company using my photos .. its frustrating because I took the time, patience, and dedication to take each photo and for someone to just use them is not fair, I've tried contacting the... Read more »
I make short videos on YouTube about Classic Hollywood stars (1920's-1940's) and my videos are under fair use for educational purposes. I don't monetize from them. But, I had considered selling merchandise to make a small profit to donate to museums and historical societies that... Read more »
Many interesting questions. Let's see if I can provide information concerning each.
First, just because you cannot find who owns the copyright in a work does not mean you can use it without permission. You may have to dig deeper to find out who owns the rights. One place you might...Read more »
It is not clear from what you write whether you have need of a patent or a copyright attorney. In either case, having someone else work on the project could mean they end up with the IP rights. So before you go further, do find an IP attorney who can assess what has been done and what needs to be...Read more »
I’m writing a YouTube episodic and wanted to use a few actual news broadcasts in the promo trailer. The show is a work of entirely fiction just loosely based on real life. I would be using less than 30 seconds of each broadcast.
The news broadcast itself is protected by copyright. You would need to get the permission of the owner of the copyright in the broadcast. You may be able to negotiate a licensed use for your fictional work. Best to work through a copyright counsel.
From your description as to what you want to do, it sounds like you would be creating a derivative work based on the copyright protected work. To do so without being liable for infringement, you would need a license from whomever now owns the rights in Mr. Campbell's works. That is not to...Read more »
Yes you do. If you are the copyright owner of a work that is being infringed on YouTube, file a takedown request. If the work has actually generated significant views/listens and earned revenue from ads, you also have a claim for actual damages.
If your sketches, drawings, and other artistic works are original works, then they are likely protected by copyright law. It is recommended, nonetheless, that you register your copyrights so that you can bring an infringement action in court in the event someone used the works without your...Read more »
I'm working with a team of volunteers on an unpaid passion project. One of those volunteers did a lot of artwork for us and gave us permission to use it. Now, about 9 months later, he is telling us that he wants all his artwork taken out of the project and completely redone. This puts a... Read more »
I have already asked for permission from Hasbro but they said they can't as there's too many requests and they can't accept minor requests. I won't be making any profit off this and it's for none commercial use and will only be done once. seller is only profiting from... Read more »
While what you propose is a copyright infringement, the likelihood of Hasbro going after you is low. Provided it is as you say, a one-off, not posted on social or other media, but simply made for your personal use, the de minimis effect would likely weigh in your favor as for Hasbro's...Read more »
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