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Q: Battle Angel Alita created in Japan 1990 Epic Stone Group registered "Battle Angel" 2012, sued Fox Studios 2019, valid?

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 »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on May 3, 2019

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Copyright for Idaho on
Q: Is it illegal to create and sell shirts that say "Engorgio" (a spell) and have the deathly hallows Harry Potter symbol?
Michael Hales
Michael Hales answered on Apr 11, 2019

You're probably fine with the word engorgio, but once you include any symbols from Harry Potter, you'll run afoul of trademark laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, DUI / DWI and Products Liability for Idaho on
Q: Do officers have to release my intellectual property (images) after car is impounded? Can they hold them from me?

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 »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 25, 2018

Contact an attorney experienced in DUI in the county where you are charged. You'll need him for the DUI and she can advise you on this aspect. They'll work out payments.

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Q: Is it against the law to have the intent to steal copyrighted or patented information.
Morgen Bowers
Morgen Bowers answered on Jan 29, 2018

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 protected... Read more »

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Q: Is content individuals post on social media sites copyrighted?
Michael Hales
Michael Hales answered on Dec 15, 2017

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Idaho on
Q: is posting an article from another webpage with a link to that page, copyright infringement?

If yes, what kind of damages can i expect?

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Apr 26, 2017

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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