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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Copyright for Washington on
Q: If I purchase nfl stickers and used them to decorate masks to sell would that be copyright infringement?

I am thinking of decorating masks with nfl stickers and then selling them on a craft website.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 20, 2021

Very likely. Consult with an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Is this patent (10699605) only for the US or Europe too? I was thinking of using a similar idea regarding messages.

I was thinking of building something similar to vestaboard, inspired by pop culture: Sending messages through a board where flaps spin around an axis and stop at the correct moment to show the character. Will I be able to sell it in Europe?

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Sep 21, 2021

US patent 10,699,605, like all US patents, is good only in the US. It is not enforceable in Europe.

The good news is that there does not appear to be an equivalent European patent or patent application. Vestaboard, for whatever reason, did not file this patent in Europe.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Arizona on
Q: Can i legally paint a licensed cartoon character along with his signature phrase on a fence that the public can see?

The character is owned by Warner Bros.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 18, 2021

Very likely not.

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: I am using a paid language learning program to study a language and wondered if making flashcards would be infringing

I am using a paid language learning program to study a language. I want to make my own flashcards based on the words I learned. It will only be accessible to me. Would I be infringing on their copyright and databases? I know the companies compile words in categories and levels.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 16, 2021

You would need to consult with an attorney

Most likely the infringement is discovered when the copied work is put in commerce

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Copyright on
Q: Can i sell my own design based on an music album?

If i create a design based on a music album where I include a design of the albums tracklist aswell as putting in a small element of the albumcover into the design. Would it be legal for me to sell this design in terms of copyright laws?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 15, 2021

Not recommended.

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for California on
Q: I received some sealed letter in the mail concerning a cash award that was to be sent to my house.

I have some paper that inform me that I may be a millionaire. I not sure what that mines. But i'm interested in what a lawyer saids about this award paper.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 13, 2021

To get a proper opinion, you have to show the attorney the letter. There are many scams out there, if you are asked to pay money in order to pay for the transfer of your million dollars, this is probably a scam. On the other hand, you may have just won the lottery. Cannot say without reading the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Copyright and Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Q: His do I file a formal writ to the courts for personal possession?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 13, 2021

Some Judicial Council forms deal with the right to possession. They can be found on your Local Superior Court website under "Forms: State forms". They may give you some ideas, and they will cite some statutes regarding writs for possession. Consult a local attorney about recovering... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Copyright for Illinois on
Q: I buy throw pillow covers (Amazon and Walmart) and enhance the imagery and sell them. Am I infringing on a copyright
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 12, 2021

depends

It is not clear what you intent to do, you should consult with an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts and Copyright for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal to sell someone's else stuff without their knowledge or consent?

Until my lease for my new apartment began, I stayed at my friend's place for a month. Recently when moving in, I forgot some items at the friend's place. The next day after move-in, I asked the friend if I can go to their place and collect my remaining items. They said they were out of... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 8, 2021

Take a criminal complaint against the boyfriend for theft and conversion.

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Minnesota on
Q: What are the general rules for political slogans and their use on products that I would sell? Thanks in advance.

I am looking at printing some political shirts for my business in the coming years. I am wondering what the rules are for using political slogans on products that are intended for sale? Thanks

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 24, 2021

There are slogans, and there are slogans.

Even if the First Amendment protects free speech (slogans do fall under that), their purpose, content and meaning may be falling outside of the First Amendment protection if the slogan calls for violence, incites riots, unrests, or promotes open...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I print logos on shirts and print it. Like a jersey. For example can I print shirt with the AmEx logo
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 4, 2021

I recommend you do not.

Consult an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Florida on
Q: I registered a copyright for my book using my full name. Can I use my initials and my last name in print instead?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 4, 2021

Probably. You are probably confusing copyright with trademark.

You can use your name pretty much anyway you want

You need to consult an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Divorce and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Is a video on a YouTube channel considered property?

During my marriage, my ex-wife shot video of our daughter, and years later I put it on a YouTube channel while we were still married but intending to divorce. Is the video, now that I've been divorced a few years, considered both of our property (as I've assumed), or her property since... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 21, 2021

The property would likely be joint, as it was shot during your marriage, and California is a community property state. As my colleague has pointed out, the big issue would be on how to properly value the video. But neither you posting it online, or her being the one to actually film it, matters... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Florida on
Q: I have a display patent from 1993 I'd like to know if there's some way I can update it ?
Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig answered on Aug 25, 2021

Sadly no. Patents typically have a maximum lifetime of about 20 years from the filing date. Although this can be adjusted a bit for delays at the USPTO, usually, the adjustments are only for a few months or years.

A 1993 patent era patent is likely long expired, is probably public...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property on
Q: Does an exclusive license to resell prohibit the licensor themself to sell the product?

Assume a licensor grants an exclusive license to RESELL the agreement's Plan Offerings to a licensee. Does this legally bind the licensor to not sell the product, e.g. through their own website, or OTC?

Assume the licensee is granted at the same time a non-exclusive license to... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 24, 2021

Hard to tell. You definitely need to consult an attorney.

But licenses can be drafted in many ways.

From exclusive, to partial exclusivity.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Florida on
Q: Hello. Can I use the name "Mortal Kombat", without using any of the franchise's designs or font?

I am simply using the name for a recreational adult softball team. I do not have any copyrighted designs or logos, but I just want to know if using the phrase alone is illegal, if I put it on a jersey.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Aug 24, 2021

Yes, you can use text only as trademark.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright on
Q: how do 3d-models copyright work?

I`m a Game Developer and I`m stuck in some weird situation. I wanted to work on a big size 3D-model but it take a lot of time and need too much datils, so a friend of main suggested that I take someone 3D model and add it in the big size 3d model as a small thing that won`t make a really big deal.... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 22, 2021

3D images would be filed and registered as any other file. You could file the different views of the object.

If you do not file anything technically you do not have a copyright registration.

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for California on
Q: Can i take a movie character pic turn it into a pixel pic and then into a nft and sell the nft for money?

Im trying to see if i take a picture of a disney character. Turn it into a pixelated picture and then in turn change it into an nft and sell it. Can disney come after me for copyright infringement?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 22, 2021

Don't do it. Yes they will come after you.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: If an item has a patent can I still produce that item according to form fit and function ??
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 20, 2021

It will depend on what the patent covers

Consult with an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: I want to make a Tshirt for sale and my design will include the word XANAX, could I use this word without legal problem?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 18, 2021

Proably not.

Consult with an attorney.

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