If you have obtained explicit permission from the owners of the intellectual property to use their characters in your comic, then you generally have the legal right to sell physical copies of the comic. However, the scope of your rights would be determined by the terms of the agreement or license...View More
Hello, I wrote an educational book a few years ago and have cited all the material. I did not get permission to use any resources that I found online, as well as images used. However, the work has a cited page and all in-text citations (including the diagrams from Google). I would like to know if... View More
When using copyrighted material in your educational book, it is important to seek permission from the copyright owner, even if you provide proper citations. Simply citing the sources and stating "No infringement intended" does not guarantee protection from copyright infringement. This is...View More
Yes, the promissory note is still valid even though the copyright notice at the bottom of the letter only extends from 2019 to 2022. Copyright notices are not related to the validity or enforceability of a legal document like a promissory note. As long as the terms and conditions of the promissory...View More
I have created a search engine for users to find coaches, mentors and course creators.
Currently I find the course creator and then create a profile for them that becomes searchable on the site. The profile has a featured image and main image that are both used from that creators Facebook... View More
The answer for your question depends on some other things, but in general I would say there are many public domain jokes which can be freely used and are freely used by many people, many products and so on (if the joke slogan is not trademarked for instance).
I have an idea for a low budget film where an elderly character is reminiscing about his younger days while looking at some slides or pictures. To save from having to do recreations, I am finding suitable material on eBay. Slides and pics from the 50s-70s mainly. It seems these pics are being... View More
Yes, you are free to use their names and likenesses of their works. There is no copyright or other related infringment in such action. Actually many book authors across the world do it in their own works about these artists. I hope it answers your question.
This is something that a copyright attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Product liability is more about injuries from dangerous products. You could repost and change the category to "Copyright." Some questions remain unanswered, but you might have better...View More
The agency and the agency's client whom the videos were used by had a falling out and both are claiming ownership of the videos I shot. I worked almost exclusively with the agency on production of various projects, and the agency paid all my invoices except one that was paid by the... View More
There is a song which I very much enjoy, however, there is some swearing. Could I edit the swearing out and upload it back onto youtube without it being illegal so long as I am not having any sort of financial gain from it?
In the U.S., trademarks arise through "use in commerce." "Commerce" means an actual commercial sale, lease or similar transaction involving a product or service. Reserving a domain name is important, but it isn't enough, by itself, to establish a trademark right. If the...View More
If I did start the brand it would have my own original ideas and style. The only thing that would match would be the name BRAINDEAD, nothing else. Do you think I would still be applicable for a lawsuit?
Before launching your brand you should conduct thorough trademark research. Trademark research will show you what companies are using that same name or a similar name. Based on such research, you can then make a good determination about whether you'd be exposing yourself to a lawsuit...View More
I want to create a fangame based off of the very popular Pokemon franchise from Nintendo, but don't want to be involved in copyright lawsuits. If I create a game with my own monsters which can be caught, battled, level up, and evolve in a world similar to a normal pokemon game, but uses my own... View More
In the US (specifically Arizona), if you create intellectual property (e.g. website, social media channels and 3rd party sales channels) as a volunteer (I was a volunteer in a business my husband was a co-owner in, I was not paid, wasn't asked to do create the IP nor directed in any way and... View More
I am a pro se Plaintiff in a federal copyright case. The Judge is denying me the right to depose the Defendant (an entity) under Rule 30(b)(6). Is this allowable? How is it that I can be restricted from deposing the other party?
We are wondering what liability can come from this? We do not currently make money from the internet and are just making interesting videos. The contract says we grant non-exclusive license. We're fine giving it away for free but since we don't make money from this, we just want to make... View More
An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. Because of its complexity and detail, this could be a difficult post for an attorney to respond to without knowing more information, and likely seeing the agreement you mention. If you continue not to get a response,...View More
I am not exactly sure what your question is, but are you referring to using the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for commercial products? If that is the question, I would be very careful, you can run into potential problems including with "right of publicity" claims from the individual...View More
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