I took photos of a friends cows about 3 years ago. Last week discovered that she was trying to sell my images on Etsy. When I asked her not to she then proceeded to tell me I am not allowed to sell images of her cows, that she has never given me permission. Do I need a property release from her if... Read more »
Yes, you can legally sell the photographs. The practical enforcement of your copyrights, however, is a bit more complex. Recording a collection of a work of photographs with the U.S. Copyright Office should provide you with a useful tool to swiftly remove infringing articles from major online U.S....Read more »
Developer is having financial issues and has begun selling our drawings to buyers of their lots and allowing them to bring in their own construction company to build house. This was not our agreement. We have no control over the construction phase using our drawings which may or may not be latest... Read more »
I just wanted to do a informative post about plants. The pot is just a big part of my photo I wanted to make shure it was fair use they dont give any one permission to take photos I bought the pot my self but is it considered a prop
Is there something distinctive about the pot that makes you worry? If it has trademarks or other brand related markings, you may wish to see how best to remove those. For example, are you able to edit the photograph so that the pot is not prominent? Can you make the pot portion of the photograph...Read more »
I am a choreographer that creates competitive shows for High school dance teams and color guards. These groups learn their show to a specified piece of music and compete within the US to that music during a season. Usually they perform the show 5-10 times and make no money off of this. They... Read more »
You cannot "take" a trademark from the mark owner if it is still being used in commerce as a source identifier, regardless of the federal registration status. Applying for and being allowed a federal registration does not automatically prohibit a mark owner from opposing registration,...Read more »
This seems odd that a pre-existing property that pre-dates this copyright registration by an American company would be at any risk for legitimate lawsuit. How can an existing intellectual property be registered to a company whom has no legal contract or agreement with said owners, and furthermore... Read more »
You ask a very interesting question, but unfortunately, it is laden with too many factual issues to provide a clear answer. Your best bet is to study copyright infringement, and when derivative works are insufficiently indistinct from the original source material. There might also be contractual...Read more »
I was pulled over for having a license plate light out and issued a DUI. I was not arrested but car was towed and impounded, and later searched. I have contacted them several times about getting my hard drives and computer out of the car because I am a professional photographer and I'm already... Read more »
Generally speaking, if it is just one person who has not do anything in furtherance of actually stealing, then no, it isn't illegal -- i.e. it isn't a illegal to just have the idea in your head, you have to take some sort of action to accomplish the goal (e.g. downloading or copying the...Read more »
I was recently addressing this very issue in my business law class. The short answer is yes, anytime content is put down in a tangible medium, including social media, it receives copyright protections. The interesting twist is that some social media sites have tried to claim that they hold the...Read more »
Yes, that sounds like copyright infringement. Statutory damages for copyright infringement range from $750-$150,000 if the work was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before infringement or within three months of the creation of the work. In order to get a better idea of what is a...Read more »
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