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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 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: As co-author of an artwork ( painting) can I sell my part of copyright without approval from my co-author?
Sindee Levin
Sindee Levin answered on Dec 6, 2019

It depends. Do you and your co author have an agreement between you? If so, the terms of the contract will govern. If there is no agreement are you selling the actual copyright or an interest in royalties. Without an agreement, you can sell your part of the copyright, or a royalty interest.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Texas on
Q: I have a trade mark question

I am trying to trade mark a logo for clothing line I found this guy had same but abandoned response listed does that mean it's not register

Sindee Levin
Sindee Levin answered on Dec 6, 2019

Are you saying in the trademark listings from the Trademark Office, the mark is listed as "abandoned"? If so, it is available for someone else to use.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Estate Planning for Mississippi on
Q: Hi can grand kids fight for money that grandfather left them when they were younger that was stolen from them by uncle .

Also grandfather left their mother money but before she could get it she passed away ...her half was suppose to go to her 3 children,right?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 6, 2019

Your claim is premised on the contention that the children should have inherited from their mother. That may be true, but it is not necessarily true. There are not enough facts stated in your question to determine that. Your mother might not have inherited from your grandfather at all if she did... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Can a fake digital copy of the celebrity's voice be used in movies without permission from this celebrity?

Using machine learning technologies, a developer can create a synthesized copy of the celebrity's voice (for instance, like here

Can this developer use this fake digital voice in movies, mobile games, for songs, or any other video and sound content without... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 3, 2019

Fake or real there needs to be authorization of the person whose voice or image is being used?

Permission is the key.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Immigration Law for Indiana on
Q: Can i hire a lawyer and give power of attorney to the lawyer to help with the sale of my Car?

I am asking as I am out travelling outside USA for 3 weeks, to get my Visa stamped on my passport, I would need a lawyer to represent me with the Car sale, if I am unable to return to the USA for some reason

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 3, 2019

In general yes. it will always depend on the attorney.

Many attorneys do not want to get directly involved in transactions of this nature as many things could go wrong.

All you are doing is giving a power of attorney to somebody.

can be a lawyer or anybody else.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: I like to purchase this trademark!
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Nov 27, 2019

If the owner is willing to sell the Trademark, you can do so, but to insure everything is done correctly, then you must retain an experienced IP attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Copyright for North Carolina on
Q: Need to protect something that is printed on a tshirt (graphic w/ text) using trademark or copywrite law. Can you help?

trademark and copyright knowledge needed

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Nov 26, 2019

If you're merely trying to protect the design on the shirt, then you'll want to register it for copyright with the US Copyright office. If however, the design is actually the name of your brand, then you'll want to register that brand name for trademark.

Note that word printed on the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Copyright and Collections for Texas on
Q: Question regarding small claims court

Let me just put it out like this I’m using fake names, just a example. Alex got a loan out for Ryan under Alexs name. Well they break up Ryan stops paying the loan which is in Alexs name. Now Alex is mad because the loan was for Ryan and he should be paying it even though it’s in Alexs name.... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 26, 2019

Alex is responsible to the creditor to pay the loan; however, if there is another agreement between Alex and Ryan for a loan then perhaps he can recover in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Michigan on
Q: Are you allowed to use Drink up Grinches on a shirt?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 18, 2019

If by "grinch" you are referring to the Doctor Suess character, then you can expect IP issues. You would likely need permission and pay a licensing fee to use the image on shirts for sale.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Nebraska on
Q: Hello! There is someone accusing me of rape to the university

I have an issue going on at (X) University. The university decision wont be based on facts. They said if it is more likely that you might did that then they will dismiss me from the school. They already have effected my mental illness, my life, and my school performance. I am planning on gathering... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Nov 18, 2019

If you have a situation that involves both potential criminal charges and a disciplinary issue with an university, you will want to contact an attorney that has experience with both criminal defense cases and school disciplinary issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Georgia on
Q: Can I "tease" a small portion of a melody from a movie soundtrack in a guitar solo to a rock song?

Specifically, my song is in part about Harry Potter, so in the blues solo I am writing I want to play the first 4-6 notes in a lick repeatedly with different rhythms, sometimes in the correct order and sometimes not, never in the same rhythm as the soundtrack. My goal is to get just close enough... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Nov 13, 2019

don't. don't try.

there are tons of cases similar to yours in litigation.

what you just described is the core of their litigation, people confuses it with the original work.

best luck

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: does this patent apply globally? are there any exceptions?
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Nov 13, 2019

Your question did not provide the specific patent number but I can answer anyways. There is not a global patent. Patents are issues by a country (or in rare instances a region) and only apply to actions in that location.

A United States Patent Applies to the United States.

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: Could I publish a book about vocal experts' opinions on a topic, taken from interviews/info online, without permission?

Could a couple of their names be featured in the book title? Could I write each chapter focusing on one public figure scientist, explaining their perspective on the topic as researched through free material found online? Would a disclaimer at the beginning of the book saying these scientists... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Nov 12, 2019

In the absence of careful legal planning, this book could run into a number of legal problems. A disclaimer is a good way to avoid presenting a misleading picture. However, disclaimers and attributions in bibliographies do not avoid copyright problems. There are issues of derivative works and fair... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it possible for the defendant to request an extension on their response to the summons?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 9, 2019

Yes, this happens routinely in the course of litigation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property on
Q: Hello, I have a question about copyright. When does it violate copyright to take a photograph of an object?

I live in Canada. I have a faith based social media page. If I take a picture of a religious object (crucifix, rosary) that was bought in a store, I'm wondering if this would violate copyright. It is not unique or collectible, and the designer is unknown to me, but I'm concerned if it counts as an... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 7, 2019

You need to worry only when/if you claim it as your own work; if you take credit for the work; or if you are posting the image for commercial gain. Take the photo, post it, give credit and never ask for compensation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Copyright, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: Can I get sued over pictures of work taken as a subcontractor?

My husband and his brother worked independently for some time. His brother opened a company and my husband kept working with him, never did he sign a w2 or an employment contract. We decided to open our own business and when they asked for my husband to sign a w2, my husband told him he would not... Read more »

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Nov 6, 2019

I don't think this is kind of help you can receive on a public forum. In order to do it right, more analysis is needed. You need an attorney to help you to prevent litigation with the right strategy.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Business Law for Florida on
Q: Can a tow yard refuse to release truck due to power of attorney not having the expiration date written but isnotarized?

Paper was hand written but still notarized. I had all of the money for the fees.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 4, 2019

Unless you are the owner--and can prove it--the tow yard will not release the car to you unless you have some other reliable documentation that they could use later if it turns out the owner did not authorize you to pick it up. Re-do the POA correctly.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for California on
Q: Can we use the term 'Craigslist' in a title for a tv show concept?
Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Oct 31, 2019


Actually, all the facts need to be known to see if a legal justification could be supported. However, you could still face signficant legal expense if Craigslist decided to sue you.

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