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Q: Do I need the list all ingredients in a hair growth oil that only contains essential oils?

I want to sell a hair growth formula I created. It is a blend of 5 essential oils. I want 3 of them to be kept private. The reason for this is because this specific formulation and combination of oils is currently not on the market and I would like to keep my unique formula protected. Would I be... View More

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answered on Jun 15, 2024

When selling a hair growth oil, you generally need to comply with cosmetic labeling regulations, which typically require listing all ingredients on the product label. This ensures transparency and helps consumers make informed choices, especially if they have allergies or sensitivities.... View More

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Q: Can i do a parody video on youtube using a Beatles song changing the lyrics
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answered on Jun 13, 2024

Creating a parody video using a Beatles song with altered lyrics can be tricky due to copyright laws. Parody is often protected under fair use, but it needs to be clear that the work is a parody, commenting on or criticizing the original in some way. Simply changing the lyrics without this context... View More

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Q: What can I do to protect the ingredients in my hair growth oil?

I created my own hair growth oil formula that is a combination for 5 oils. I know I need to at least list two of them since they have allergen potentials however, I'd like to protect the last 3. I do not know if I have to list all the ingredient's on the labels or if there is something I... View More

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answered on Jun 9, 2024

When it comes to protecting your hair growth oil formula, you have a few options. Here's some guidance on each:

1. Ingredient Labeling:

In most countries, including the USA, cosmetic products must list all ingredients on the label. This is to ensure consumer safety and...
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Q: Can I use picture frame designs around the text in my authored books?
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answered on Jun 8, 2024

Based on your question, it seems you are asking whether using decorative picture frame designs around the text in books you have written would be legally permissible from an intellectual property perspective. Here are a few key considerations:

Copyright: Assuming you created the picture...
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Q: need help taking videos down on multiple websites that were not consented to post

i was on a camgirling website as a guest and to my surprise the videos were posted long ago, i want to know if i can have help to remove them all

Jennifer Newton
Jennifer Newton
answered on Jun 3, 2024

To address this issue, you'll need to take the following steps:

Contact the website and send a formal request to the website's administration, demanding the immediate removal of the videos. This request should include:

-Identification of the specific videos in question....
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Q: need help taking videos down on multiple websites that were not consented to post

i was on a camgirling website as a guest and to my surprise the videos were posted long ago, i want to know if i can have help to remove them all

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

I understand your concern and the urgency of getting those videos removed. First, you should contact the website where the videos were originally posted and request their removal. Many sites have policies against posting non-consensual content, and they might act quickly to take it down.... View More

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Q: I am the owner of Purple Dryad and have been so legally since 2017.

My former attorney arranged the ownership for me so I don't know what this is. I simply need some direction and will have another attorney, local, attend to it.

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answered on May 25, 2024

US Reg No. 5500635 for PURPLE DRYAD is active for retail store services, and your name and address are correctly shown in the USPTO records. To maintain the registration, statement of continuing use must be filed by Jun. 26, 2024. This is a simple task for an experienced trademark attorney.

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Q: I am the owner of Purple Dryad and have been so legally since 2017.

My former attorney arranged the ownership for me so I don't know what this is. I simply need some direction and will have another attorney, local, attend to it.

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

To address your concern, you first need to understand what documents or agreements your former attorney used to arrange the ownership of Purple Dryad. Start by locating any legal documents, contracts, or ownership certificates that were provided to you at the time. These documents should outline... View More

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Q: If I wanted to copyright art for a new card game, would that protect just one card, or every single one?

I'm making a new card game, and while all of the art is original, I'm worried someone might steal it. If I were to copyright it would it protect all of my art or just one single card?

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answered on Apr 25, 2024

When you create a card game with original artwork, you automatically have copyright protection for each individual piece of art you created. However, registering your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office (assuming you're in the United States) provides additional benefits and makes it... View More

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Q: If I wanted to copyright art for a new card game, would that protect just one card, or every single one?

I'm making a new card game, and while all of the art is original, I'm worried someone might steal it. If I were to copyright it would it protect all of my art or just one single card?

Alan Harrison
Alan Harrison
answered on Apr 24, 2024

You could file a copyright registration for each individual card or for the whole set of cards. If you file for the whole set as one registration and someone copied just one card there is an argument that their copying would be de mínimus (not a big deal) compared to the whole set of cards.

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Q: Hi, we are a gift basket business in Florida. What are the laws about having items in a basket that are trademarked?

for example, If we put a book in a kids box is that allowed? What about things like legos or disney or another "known" company product in the basket if we are not claiming it as our own or that we made it?

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

When it comes to including trademarked items in gift baskets, the key considerations are the principles of trademark law and the "first sale doctrine." Here's what you need to know:

1. First Sale Doctrine: Under U.S. copyright and trademark law, the "first sale...
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Q: If I modify a Japan art work that is copyrighted am I subject to American or Japanese Copyright law?

I am living in the United States, this is a non profit fan image, i have no intentions of profiting or selling the image

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

In this case, there are a few key considerations:

1. Jurisdiction: Generally, copyright infringement lawsuits are governed by the laws of the country where the lawsuit is filed. As you're based in the U.S., it's likely that U.S. copyright law would apply if a lawsuit was brought...
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Q: I am making a product that can accompany books. Is it legal if I say “pairs well with (name of a book not written by me)
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answered on Apr 5, 2024

It is generally legal to say that your product "pairs well with" a specific book, even if you did not write that book. This would likely be considered nominative fair use.

Nominative fair use allows you to refer to another party's product or work in order to describe your...
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Q: Would like know if patent on sealed wafer ice cream sandwich that is partitioned into multiple breakaway segments exists

This would be an ice cream confection product that is completely sealed by two eatable wafers. These wafers would have multiple pockets that hold and seal the ice cream and can be broken apart and shared without exposing the ice cream or making a mess. This ice cream confection product would... View More

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answered on Mar 29, 2024

Your concept of a sealed wafer ice cream sandwich with multiple breakaway segments is quite innovative, focusing on a neat, shareable, and melt-resistant design. Upon reviewing patents related to ice cream products, it appears that while there are numerous patents concerning ice cream sandwiches... View More

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Q: Are quotes from books copyright infringement?

I am in the process of developing a content series for TikTok, focusing on the literary world. The essence of my project involves creating videos that feature narrations of quotes from various books, accompanied by original artwork inspired by the narratives.The videos are intended to be... View More

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answered on Mar 29, 2024

When it comes to using literary quotes in videos, especially in a commercial context, navigating copyright laws can indeed be complex. The concept of "fair use" is particularly relevant here. While fair use might cover the use of quotes to a certain extent, the commercial nature of your... View More

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Q: Can an organization copyright specific words as part of a business name vs. logo?

We recently set up an LLC for Salt Life Aesthetics and Specialty Care as well as the domain saltlifecare.com since then we've received both an email and certified letter from Salt Life, LLC demanding we cease and decease using "Salt Life" in our business name. Meanwhile there are... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

It's important to understand that an organization can indeed protect certain words or phrases, especially if they're integral to their brand identity, through trademarks. When it comes to business names, what matters most is the likelihood of confusion in the market. If your business... View More

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Q: Can an organization copyright specific words as part of a business name vs. logo?

We recently set up an LLC for Salt Life Aesthetics and Specialty Care as well as the domain saltlifecare.com since then we've received both an email and certified letter from Salt Life, LLC demanding we cease and decease using "Salt Life" in our business name. Meanwhile there are... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

It depends. A close examination of their request is warranted. If their registered trademark covers the service you provide, and your use of your business name "is likely to cause confusion in the minds of consumers about the source or sponsorship of the goods or services offered under the... View More

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Q: I'm starting a online viral Aromatherapy service and would like to know if a business trust is possible to setup.

I would also like to know if a phase that is the business name should be trademark

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answered on Mar 15, 2024

Starting an online aromatherapy service is an exciting venture. Regarding your question about setting up a business trust, it's indeed possible. A business trust can manage the business's assets and operations, but the specifics can vary widely based on your location and business needs.... View More

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Q: Would posting pictures of cars I worked on & detailed on my website/ads be considered trademark infringement?

Most pictures will just be the car after being cleaned. Some pictures will showcase the before & after.

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answered on Mar 11, 2024

In most cases, posting pictures of cars you have worked on or detailed on your website or in advertisements would not be considered trademark infringement, as long as you follow certain guidelines:

1. No false association: Ensure that your use of the pictures does not falsely suggest that...
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Q: Can I still get any royalties, can I modify my design to re submit?!

My design expired can I modify it for resubmission, is their possible law suits I can receive compensation from?

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answered on Mar 5, 2024

Based on the limited information provided, I'll try to address your questions as best as I can.

1. Royalties: If your design patent has expired, you will no longer receive royalties from it. Once a patent expires, the invention or design enters the public domain, meaning anyone can...
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