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 »
It sounds like a question of whether the organization is violating your right of privacy. Check to see whether you were given notice of their intention before you attended the event so that it could be said you consented to their use by participating in the event. Look closely at the invitation...Read more »
I'm looking to trademark a business name (call it "FishExample"). FishExample is currently trademarked for "furniture to store fishing supplies and goods". My FishExample business will be an online community/resource for fishermen (unrelated to furniture, but tied into... Read more »
As usual with so much in the law, the answer is, "It depends." A trademark owner acquires rights in their mark, whether for goods or service, by using it in ways that convey to consumers that there is a particular source offering the goods/services. From what you write, it is not clear...Read more »
The answer to your question is "no." The exclusive rights in copyright last the life of the author (creator of the work) plus 70 years, and in the case of a company the rights last 95 years from publication.
We’re worried that because Disney is so strict with their brand that they’ll take down our videos if their logo is showing anywhere on the screen. This is for YouTube we are only reviewing our personally owned products.
Nearly 13 years ago I created my first debate camp for homeschool kids at a private university in California, but recently forced to move locations two years ago because I was told campus space was no longer available (My brand is separate we simply rented space there). So you can imagine my... Read more »
Depending on what your underlying agreement with them said and how much advantage they actually took, like staff members, mailing lists, etc., you may have some leverage to go after them. Seems like this summer that's not gonna happen anyhow, so, in a way, this break is a blessing for you in...Read more »
I will be using this name to represent myself in front of an audience and may create logos with this name tied along. I will not be using the actual Dreamworks character in the branding. Thank you for answering.
You have raised a very interesting set of question, which contains several copyright related issues to be considered. While the underlying literary works may be outside of copyright protection, your wife's recordings are derivative of those works and it seems would have their own level of...Read more »
I am an adjunct lecturer at a university in California. My employment status is part time and varies from quarter to quarter. I have evidence that all my teaching materials including lectures, power point slides, quizzes, exams, etc. are readily available for download from a University server.
Unfortunately, they might because the materials were created during the scope and course of employment for the purpose why you were hired. You may want to check your employment agreement if you have one because ther usually is a clause regarding the ownership of intellectual property.
Hi. "Phantom of the Opera", the classic 1925 silent film is in the public domain. Does this mean I can legally print a t-shirt with the Phantom's face on it? I don't want to be sued by Lon Chaney's family for infringement. Can I use this image as long as it doesn't... Read more »
Keep in mind that while a work may no longer be protected by Copyright that doesn’t mean it’s not protected by trademark if the brand is still being used. Also, while the 1925 film may be in the public domain other derivative works like the Broadway musical may not be.
You may want to send a brief reply putting the email sender on notice that there is nothing there-there to pursue. If you do not reply they may get more aggressive based upon misinformation which may cause you problems and further involvement that you do not need. If you provide them the...Read more »
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