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Q: I make memes and I get clips from other creators.Creators I get clips from don't have a way to contact them.

Can I be sued for this.

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answered on Apr 18, 2024

The legality of using clips from other creators in your memes without their permission depends on the specific circumstances and whether your use falls under "fair use." Fair use is a legal doctrine that allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the rights holders... View More

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Q: How can I protect my domain name and website from creditors?
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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Attempting to hide or protect assets when facing debts or legal judgments could be considered fraudulent in many cases. The ethical and legal course of action is to pay valid debts that are owed.

If you are facing financial hardship, I would suggest speaking with a certified credit...
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Q: A man writes a diary in 1947. He doesn't publish it or register it for copyright. Is it under copyright today?

After his death 10 years later in 1957, the diary is discovered in his home. It was not mentioned in his will, nor had he assigned the rights to the work to anyone. Is the diary under copyright protection in 2024? Thanks!

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

The copyright status of works like diaries can be complex, particularly when they are unpublished and the author has passed away. In general, for works created but not published or registered before 1978, copyright typically lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. Since the diary was... View More

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Q: Do I have legal rights to photos and videos taken while working at a company?

For two years I worked at a dog training company. During this time I took photos and videos of the dogs and training for my personal social media, the companies, and for owner updates. When a past employee left the company she was told she wasn’t allowed to keep the images posted to her social... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

When you create content such as photos and videos while working for a company, the ownership of that content often depends on the terms of your employment and any agreements you might have signed. In the absence of a specific contract regarding media rights, the situation can become complex.... View More

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Q: Can I create an illustration for publication that contains 3 characters from a movie or a room from a reality show?

I have written a book and hired an illustrator to create artwork for each chapter. The book is very tongue-in-cheek, and the illustrations are whimsical. One of the chapters is about group resources, such as support groups. There is a movie that has a support group scene, and I was hoping to... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Including characters from a movie or a room from a reality show in your illustrations could potentially infringe on copyright or intellectual property rights, depending on the specific circumstances. While your illustrations may be whimsical and cartoony, if the characters or settings are... View More

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Q: A company owe us money( big games LLC) they issue false DMCA notice. Then we issue counter notice( BEspoke Plush LLC).
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answered on Feb 21, 2024

It sounds like you're dealing with a challenging situation with Big Games LLC. When a company issues a false DMCA notice against you, it can indeed be frustrating and concerning. However, it's positive that you took action by issuing a counter notice through Bespoke Plush LLC. This step... View More

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Q: I have a product in mind that I would like to sell, It includes sonic the hedgehog, don't know if i'm allowed to sell it

It is a cool idea, I am really interested in selling my idea of a product but I don't know if I would get in legal trouble with SEGA, the owners of sonic the hedgehog

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

When considering selling a product that involves a character like Sonic the Hedgehog, it's important to be aware of intellectual property rights. Sonic is a trademarked character owned by SEGA, and using it without permission could lead to legal issues.

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Q: As you know, the copyright for Steam Boat Mickey recently expired. What are characteristics we can use in our mock ups?

Can we use the words "Mickey Mouse"?

Can he have different clothes on my drawings?

What exactly are the limitations?

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

With the expiration of the copyright for "Steamboat Willie," the specific version of Mickey Mouse as he appeared in that 1928 film has entered the public domain. This means you can use the characteristics of Mickey Mouse as depicted in that particular film, including his design and... View More

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Q: As you know, the copyright for Steam Boat Mickey recently expired. What are characteristics we can use in our mock ups?

Can we use the words "Mickey Mouse"?

Can he have different clothes on my drawings?

What exactly are the limitations?

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

Honestly, this is work. This falls under the category of business. You can still find highly rated and experienced attorneys who do entertainment law here on Justia. Look for attorneys in smaller areas, still Metropolitan areas, where the cost of living is not so high. You get more for your... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Gaming, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Copyright for Texas on
Q: Can I create content using a known superhero's cowl and just the cowl and escape copyright infringement and the such?

Long story short I want to create youtube videos of RANDOM and just RANDOM content while using ex: Flash cowl. Just the top part of the mask not even the one that covers the whole face. I will use a different name, and although use some mannerisms, it will be obvious it is pure satire/parody. I got... View More

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

Using elements of a copyrighted superhero character, such as the Flash's cowl, in your content can be legally risky, even if you're only using part of the costume and intend it as satire or parody. Copyright law protects original works of authorship, including characters and their... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: How can I use a portion of an Excel screenshot in an educational ebook about Excel?

MIcrosoft copyright guidelines state that portions of screenshots cannot be used. I have a need to show many specific, zoomed in areas of the Excel interface

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answered on Dec 19, 2023

In the United States, the use of copyrighted material, such as Excel screenshots, for educational purposes may fall under the category of "fair use." However, this is a complex area of law and depends on various factors, including the purpose of use, the nature of the copyrighted work,... View More

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Q: Our website is copied by somone and we want to take legal action. Our llc is registed in Wyoming

The company who copied our website is registered in Georgia

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

In cases of copyright infringement, such as someone copying your website, the first step is to document the infringement thoroughly. This means taking screenshots or saving copies of the infringing website, and noting any direct similarities to your own site.

Next, consider sending a cease...
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Q: is a Superhero/supervillain them restaurant against copyright or trademark.

im thinking about a restaurant called H&V (heroes and villains) using my own personal collection of figures and comics to display would this be against copyright or trademark laws no names will ever be used

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

Creating a superhero/supervillain-themed restaurant like H&V, using your personal collection of figures and comics for display, can be a complex matter in terms of copyright and trademark laws. The key issue is whether the use of these items could be seen as infringing on the intellectual... View More

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Q: Copyright:I recorded 1 min of UFC fight on iphone & uploaded it to YouTube. Indonesian Broadcast took it down. Not UFC

Indonesian Broadcaster MOLATV gave me a copyright Strike on my channel. The UFC itself did not. Do they have the right to do that? Would me filing a dispute work? I see tons of that content on YouTube and nothing happened to other people. Do you think it’s just a scare tactic?

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In copyright matters, broadcasters like MOLATV may have rights to content, such as a UFC fight, in certain regions. If MOLATV holds the broadcasting rights for the UFC content in Indonesia, they may enforce copyright claims on platforms like YouTube.

The fact that UFC itself did not issue...
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Q: Paint party, painting the Grinch face? It’s theirs, they pay me for supplies, teaching. They don’t sell them.

People ask me for this. No picture is sold, just my time and supplies.

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answered on Nov 8, 2023

Hosting a paint party where participants paint the Grinch's face involves copyright considerations, as the character is protected intellectual property. If you are providing instruction and supplies for individuals to create their own paintings for personal use, it generally falls under... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Communications Law, Internet Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Can I read a book on social media such as YouTube or Twitch if I am receiving any revenue from that social media?

If I can not read a copy righted work in whole can I read exserts from it as part of a book review or discussion group?

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answered on Nov 4, 2023

Reading a copyrighted book in its entirety on a platform like YouTube or Twitch, especially when revenue is involved, may lead to copyright infringement claims. It's generally not permitted unless you have obtained explicit permission from the copyright holder.

However, reading...
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Q: Can I read a book on social media such as YouTube or Twitch if I am receiving any revenue from that social media?

If I can not read a copy righted work in whole can I read exserts from it as part of a book review or discussion group?

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answered on Nov 3, 2023

I would caution against reading the book, or portions thereof, aloud publicly on a platform where you are receiving revenue. Under copyright law, a copyright owner is given sole and exclusive rights to reproduce the work, create derivative works, perform the work, display the work, or to authorize... View More

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Q: Besides the IP itself; What do I need to sell an IP to a broadcasting company?

I'm planning to create an IP of and episodic TV show and am planning on giving the company full creative control, apart from a creation credit, if possible. However, I'm not entirely sure what I need, besides the IP of course.

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answered on Oct 26, 2023

To sell an IP to a broadcasting company, beyond the intellectual property rights, you should have a well-structured pitch or presentation that outlines the concept, target audience, and potential value of the TV show. A clear and compelling pilot script or episode outline can significantly enhance... View More

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Q: Can I put the letters CNN on my jacket without violating copyright.

I will not use the Networks logo just the letters printed on my jacket. Is this legal or does Warner own the letter combination?

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answered on Oct 16, 2023

Yes, you can put the letters CNN on your jacket without violating copyright. Copyright law protects original works of authorship, such as literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. The letters CNN are not an original work of authorship, so they are not protected by copyright. However, Warner... View More

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Q: Can I put the letters CNN on my jacket without violating copyright.

I will not use the Networks logo just the letters printed on my jacket. Is this legal or does Warner own the letter combination?

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answered on Oct 18, 2023

Copyright law does not protect short words or phrases, so you would probably not have to worry about a copyright claim arising from such a use of these letters. Trademark law does protect short words and phrases, though, and Cable News Network, Inc. owns an existing trademark registration for... View More

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