The unit contained not only the manuscripts/reels/files/notes/art for most of the films they have ever produced, but I have over 20,000 personal family photos dating back to the 1920's, and original artwork of a locally famous painter related to the films studio owner.
The items are now your personal property. Keep in mind you only have the property rights, so some items would have intellectual property rights to them (for instance copyright on the manuscript) so you just own that copy, not the rights to the films.
The company PicRights found a copyrighted image I used on a book review blog post seen by about 12 people. They want $110 for using the image on a commercial website. Is my site a commercial website? What determines a commercial website? There are no ads, nothing being sold but there are links to... Read more »
Statutory damages are $750 on the low end, though a judge could lower it to $200. This assumes the work is registered, and they would also be entitled to attorneys fees and costs, which could be substantially more than the $750 that is likely.
As to a commercial website, do you make money...Read more »
It is really impossible for any attorney to provide a comprehensive response without knowing what the name is. The state will literally let you register just about any name if no one else is using it. Trademark though is much harder to provide an answer, though if your search via TESS found...Read more »
If I put a logo, say "Fender" on a "look alike" for personal use only, am I breaking the law? I know if I try to sell it as a genuine "Fender" I would be guilty of fraud. But where is the line between personal use and fraud?
The thing is, my guess is you want it on there so that when people see you play they think it is a Fender. But its not. So, when you say it is for personal use, I am a bit skeptical if that is entirely accurate.
Otherwise, I would venture that even by just putting it on there, there could...Read more »
I am a graphic artist and sell my creations on Etsy. I display them with watermarks on the images and remove them when purchase is made. I recently became aware that they are selling bottles with my images (along with the watermarks) as labels on the bottles for as long as the last 3 years. The... Read more »
I was forced to perform work for a former classmate during university. The latter did this by means of death threats and other blackmail acts. I complied and authored the said person's final year project for her. The person has since passed this work off as hers and has used it for commercial... Read more »
I have a concern about a copyright laws. So I was designing my art for my Graphic Tee when I realized that I may have been violated a copyright grounds. What I drew is a Maleficent's crown with a quotes from the movie 'Maleficent'. So I was wondering did I violate any copyright law or not? Is... Read more »
First, it would likely not be fair use as it appears you are looking to perhaps sell copies of your work. Without seeing your work and what the original looks like it would be difficult to tell if you were or were not infringing.
Watching itself does not constitute copyright infringement. Using a reference to a colleague who previous used this example, you are not infringing copyright by watching a band perform cover songs on stage.
However, copyright infringement in the United States is a strict liability offense....Read more »
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