For example- If I buy a sticker from Disney and I put the sticker I purchased on a cup and I sell the cup would that be legal since I did not make the sticker. I would also be purchasing the sticker legally from them.
Yes, thanks to the "first sale doctrine" codified at 17 U.S.C. § 109, which provides that an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted work from the copyright holder receives the right to sell, display or otherwise dispose of that particular copy, notwithstanding the...Read more »
You can apply to register the unpublished work and submit a copy. But when you publish it, you should then apply to register the published work and submit what the copyright office calls the "best edition".
I'm looking to sell some stuff online at my store and it came to my mind some funny keychains with some celebrities images on it and just wondering about laws, copyright and I'm pretty sure I can't do that but doing some research like Etsy, Ebay and other e-commerce stores selling... Read more »
Though keychains featuring celebrities may be fun to collect, it is important to remember that it is not legal to sell these items without permission from the celebrity or their representatives. Doing so can infringe on copyright, trademark and right of publicity protections that are granted to...Read more »
The artist gave me a drawing and says i will have total rights to do whatever i want with it. I want to sell the same drawing to multiple people and publicize it. What things should i include in the contract that basically says, the artist's drawing is no longer theirs and I can sell and do... Read more »
A copyright assignment agreement is an important document that makes terms between the assignor and assignee about transferring ownership of a copyright. The essential elements contained in a copyright assignment agreement include terms regarding the duration of the license and geographical region...Read more »
If the pictures were creative works, you could be violating your former employer's copyright interests in such works. Typically, under the work for hire doctrine, the copyright for creative works made by an employee belongs to the employer, not to the individual employee that created them....Read more »
I have developed a type of concrete specifically for my use making Anaerobic Digesters, which exhibits specific properties beneficial to the structure and operation of Mesophilic Anaerobic Digesters intended to be installed and operated as generational (extended time-frame) projects.
Yes. Like all patents, however, the formula needs to be novel and not obvious. Check patents.google.com or other source to see prior art on concrete formulas. The good news and bad news is that there are a lot of concrete formula patents ahead of you. The examiner will be looking at your patent...Read more »
I have a character that I have designed and I have a name for that character. I plan to feature the character in merchandise, apparel, comic strips, digital media, original stories, posters and other artwork. How can I protect my character and character name from being used by other businesses or... Read more »
Many websites use same concept and they always state the author of the sentence. This should be legal in most of jurisdiction throughout the world. However do not cite large portions of texts from the books.
To my best understanding of the case, Zippo Manufacturing Company sued Zippo Dot Com, Inc. for copyright infringement. Zippo manufacturers lighters, and Zippo Dot Com operated a website that sold a variety of lighter-related products, including cases, flints, and wicks. In its complaint, Zippo...Read more »
This question lacks sufficient detail to provide a meaningful answer. These types of demands are rather frequent and they are always very fact-specific. Sometimes those demands are warranted and sometimes not. The most important question here is whether the company that sent you that demand can...Read more »
There is a live registration for SOULSNATCHAS (phonetic equivalent) in the category for apparel, another for SOUL SNATCHER in the category for adult sexual stimulation aids, and a pending application for SOUL SNATCHER in an apparel-related category, so those would preclude new registrations in...Read more »
These vehicles were provided to the US military from 1984 - 1987. I believe similar brush guards were an option on GM trucks as early as the 1960's. I would like to reproduce this brush guard for the same GM vehicles and other vehicles with slight modifications. Thanks for any help you can... Read more »
This is a common type of question, but unless the brush guard was ornamental, finding the patent is not going to be very helpful. The drawings that come with patents are there to help the reader understand the invention, and are not meant to be...Read more »
My husband had an affair. He admitted it and I have photographic proof, texts, and messages. I also want to put pictures she sent to him on there. It is her face only, no nudity. (So, not revenge porn)
I have not contacted or even met her. (So, there isn’t harassment)
Meeting her is not an element of the offense of Harassment. The affair is not a matter of public concern and it is "reasonably likely to cause emotional distress, abuse, or torment to another person" which could be the homewrecker herself or members of her family. Texas Penal Code...Read more »
If I record a full cover (track and vocal) of a popular song, and release it on social media with no compensation, no expectation of compensation, no request for monetary support, strictly for the purpose of exhibition, entertainment, and to receive interaction (comments and/or likes) from viewers,... Read more »
I'm taking quotes from various TV interviews of Drs, medical studies and journals, and news articles ranging from topics on the vaccine to lockdowns, to masks, and treatment. I'm also commenting on the quotes while also adding criticism in some parts. I want to self publish the book for... Read more »
Under U.S. fair use doctrine, a limited portion of a work may be quoted for purposes of criticism, commentary, news reporting, or academic writing. There is no bright-line test for determining the amount that may be quoted. It depends on consideration of several factors.
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