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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on
Q: Can you publish a book as a sequel to a CS Lewis series not in public domain? No changes were made to his original work.

Chronicles of Narnia: Susan was left behind in the final book "The Last Battle". Lewis recognized the story was incomplete in a 1960 letter to Pauline Bannister and suggested she finish it. This is my attempt to do just that and complete Susan's story. I was very careful to make no changes to his... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 17, 2020

There is a lot of fan fiction published on-line, so it is difficult for the owners of copyrights to monitor all that. But since the Narnia books have been made into movies, the production companies or whoever still owns the rights to those works could take action against you. Use the Find a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Louisiana on
Q: I'm looking into starting up a mobile home roofing business and was wondering if there were any patents on permaroofs?

Specifically any patents on permaroofs under the last name Black or Southern Builders out of El Dorado, Arkansas. Also there is Southern Builders out of Lebanon, Tennessee.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jan 14, 2020

There is a place to register patent assignments at the USPTO just like you register title to a piece of property. Not everyone does this but most people do and there are incentives to register assignments for certain types of patents. You can look for the the assignee names here --... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on
Q: is it legal to use part of a poem, written in 1794, in a song written now?

i'm writing a song and i like the line "tiger, tiger, burning bright" which was a poem published in 1794. would it be safe to include it in my own writing or do you think i would still be sued by the writers family or estate?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 9, 2020

If the poem has passed into the public domain, then it would be available for anyone to use. If it was written that long ago, it probably is now in the public domain. And even if a work is copyrighted, if only 4 words of a copyrighted work are used, that might not be enough to be an infringement.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for North Carolina on
Q: In NC, does the company own copyright of creative works if no contract was agreed upon?

I worked as a 1099 Photographer with no contract or agreement for a company in NC. I was wrongfully let go (They are now claiming was a mistake), but my images are still being used for marketing and promotions even after I asked for a cease and desist. After a long wait, the companies legal... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jan 2, 2020

It is possible their response is a canned one and uses the term employee.

It is similar rule with contractors involved in creative work

you should contact a local attorney who is familiar with the local regulations

in general the work done for pay tends to be owned by the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: can I copyright a work for hire?

If I commissioned a freelance artist to created my a graphic character and we sighed a work for hire contracted before work started. does it fall in the nine categories of work for hire?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 30, 2019

Indeed that is the purpose of the contract and work for hire clauses

make sure your contract is firm and the other person understands what she signed off to avoid future complaints

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Texas on
Q: can I put a celebrity's Name on a shirt and sell it

Im starting a custom shirt business and a customer has asked me to make a shirt that says "Harry Styles"

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 30, 2019

Don't

Unless they have permision from the famous person to use the name, you may get into trouble

best luck

www.legalbizglobal.com

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Minnesota on
Q: Are there copyright/trademark restrictions that prevent me from selling merchandise with pictures of people's cars?

The pictures would be taken by customers of their own cars and would likely have the vehicle logo visible, and below the picture there would perhaps be a name for the vehicle they choose or a phrase of their picking...

Thank You!

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 30, 2019

Be careful on this

if it is on request of the owner of the car, and it is limited, you may be ok

you should definitely consult with an attorney before jumping in

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Trademark for Louisiana on
Q: HELLO, I RESPONDED TO THE ABANDONMENT EMAIL WITHIN TIME ALLOTTED BUT HAVE NOT RECIEVED REPLY FROM USPTO. WHAT'S NEXT?

https://music.apple.com/gb/album/my-side-of-the-tracks/53532522

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Dec 30, 2019

It would be a bad idea for me to guess what led to the abandonment and what response you filed. It would be a good idea for you to contact the USPTO help desk as they can look into the electronic file and let you know the next step.

You can call 571 272 4200 ( they have several phone...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: married mother under investigation process and my caseworker has yet to summit an application for my assesment. This ok?

What are my rights? I need advice! I know I've made mistakes, but im a great mom and my babies need me! How can i help this nightmare end? Im going to do better for my babies, no doubt. Im trying to work with the investigator, but when will my case become important enough? Im no one in this world... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 30, 2019

Based on your details it sounds like you’re a good mother who has made some mistakes. Sounds like you have taken responsibility of those mistakes and ready to forge ahead. In order to fight the way you need to you’re going to have to hire your own attorney and be ready to spend thousands of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright on
Q: If I have a word only logo and have someone change the text colour and provide me with different file types/formats.

Or if I provide all the text for something like a thank you card/product insert and have someone format it and lay everything out correctly and provide me with different file types/formats. In both situations, will I still own the copyright, since the person is only making some changes to what I... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 28, 2019

Not necessarily.

You should have them sign and release any rights over any work they create for you, that you order or pay for.

It is called work for hire.

It is standard for artists and creators. And you should consider having a contract covering those concerns....
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for California on
Q: I own copyrights to a public access tv program, (1999 analog format. ) A documentary producer received my permission

to use 8 minutes of it (digitized by me) on the internet. Subsequently, without obtaining any license from me for further commercial uses, that film maker has created and entered a 26 minute documentary containing my footage in 6 US film festivals , reproduced the film on dvds and is selling... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 28, 2019

did you ever file for a copyright of your material?

you should do it regardless if you did not.

Consult with an attorney to explore your options.

You may have to use the court system and calculate your damages.

best luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Georgia on
Q: If a Clothing company takes my last name as their trademark is there anything I can do.
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 28, 2019

Depends

If your name is so unique and you are very famous, think Kardashian, then yes you could do something.

If the name is their name as well, it is common or can be a made up name, you may have more difficulty, specially if you are not using it in the context of clothing....
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for California on
Q: Hello, I'm thinking of creating a blog that revolves around the Tesla brand. For example, bmwblog.com has no affiliation

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 25, 2019

Looks like a good idea.

You should do your research on how other fan blogs do it.

You should also be assisted by an attorney along the way to help you avoid potential pitfalls.

best luck

Q: I have a copyright on a particular drinking glass design, can I seek legal action if the design is manufactured and sold

I have other designs and I'm debating whether to seek copyright protection or a design patent.

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Dec 18, 2019

Yes, you should be able to seek legal action. Go see an intellectual property litigation attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for New Jersey on
Q: Is it possible for me to take a picture of an artist work to print them on hoodies and sell them online
Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Dec 18, 2019

No that would be copyright infringement. You’ll need the artists permission first — make sure you get it in writing as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: There was a show in the 70’s of people dancing. How can I go about using a piece of the show for a music video?
Karima Gulick
Karima Gulick answered on Dec 15, 2019

The safest way to approach this is to locate the owners of the video and request permission or license the content for use.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Mexico on
Q: I sell rustic wood pallets. If someone tells me to carve the dallas cowboys logo on one is it copyright infringing?
Karima Gulick
Karima Gulick answered on Dec 15, 2019

Since you're selling these for profits and not using them for personal use, you might get into trouble for trademark and possibly copyright infringement without the appropriate licenses and permissions from the trademark owner.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Trademark on
Q: Walt in a domain name?

I am an artist and been thinking about buying a domain name "walt" as it is my own name, for my personal artist website and brand. However, there is lots of companies named Walt and obviously Walt Disney. Will using that domain name get me in trouble or is the trademarks only affecting the category... Read more »

Karima Gulick
Karima Gulick answered on Dec 15, 2019

Is it just Walt in the domain name? Is there more to it? I recommend doing a search to make sure the trademark or variations of the mark are not owned by someone else in your field and related fields.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Collections and Trademark for Missouri on
Q: Is it legal to draw up your own forms for Garnishing wages and use the Missouri Seal like the original form?

Hi, I live in Missouri and have a rental business. Every month I have to go through 1-4 evictions. Most judgments I get are never paid. This is an ongoing issue. To make things easier, I have created a spreadsheet that fills out forms for Rent and Possession, Unlawful Detainers and Garnishment... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 8, 2019

Rent and Possession petitions and Unlawful Detainer petitions need not be filed using the forms made available by the Missouri judiciary or your local circuit court. I am not certain but believe that the garnishment forms on the available at https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=103116 and your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Illinois on
Q: If my wife has a medical drawing that she wants to sell and protect her rights to the drawing what is the process?
Sindee Levin
Sindee Levin answered on Dec 6, 2019

I assume what you want is to be sure the drawing is covered under US Copyright Law. Once an item is put into a tangible medium it is copyrighted under US Copyright Law. However, to receive damages if someone infringes on your artwork, you need to file with the US Copyright Office. You can... Read more »

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