I want to learn about dictionaries copyrights. I would like to publish an English learning book and this book will contain some words with their definitions. Is it okay to take the word definitions directly from dictionaries?
I am not an intellectual property specialist, however, the material in a dictionary is not in the public domain, and my suggestion is do not copy the entry without written permission from the publisher.
A wonderful book. However, you better check again whether the IMAGES are in the public domain. A cursory search that I did said maybe not until 2045! A good Copyright/ Trademark attorney will advise you properly and help you to protect your investment. You would not want to spend a lot of money...Read more »
While that's a catchy name, to be absolutely certain I'd recommend having a thorough USPTO search conducted at the very least to make sure the name isn't in conflict with any pre-existing trademark registration(s) or application(s) for related services. And then you may consider...Read more »
While flags, coats of arms, and such are not eligible for federal TM registration in the U.S., unless modified under certain conditions, use as an unregistered logo may be acceptable as long as you're not infringing on something identical or similar that's already in use for related...Read more »
Under the first sale doctrine, the buyer has the right of re-sale, display, distribution, etc. However, unless it was created as a work made for hire, or as a commissioned work with assignment of copyright, the original copyright will remain with the artist.
Google Patents notes that your patent expired in 2006 for failure to pay a maintenance fee. You may want to discuss this with your patent attorney. There are ways to pay for an unintentional failure to pay a maintenance fee to revive a patent that lapsed for failure to pay the...Read more »
Questions of infringement are not straight forward (only patent infringement is addressed in this answer). One needs to research if there is something to infringe, such as a utility patent or a design patent. Then there needs to be a determination of infringement.
Questions related to comparing trademarks and determination of a viable registration are very fact specific. Therefore a full analysis is needed. Although in general, registration of a new mark is not allowed if there is “likelihood of confusion.”
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 »
While family was occupied with final arrangements/grieving, a third party filed for licensing to the name and image my relative went to extreme lengths to protect in life. So now essentially this person owns my relative. The family does not have the financial resources for a court battle. We simply... Read more »
My understanding is that California has strong laws that protect the Right of Publicity (right to exploit one's fame for famous people) and Right to Privacy. It would be good to get advise from a California attorney familiar with these 2 torts. The laws may allow you to collect...Read more »
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