This is a patent question. From the trademark standpoint, the mechanics of a game, or software coding, etc., is not a subject-matter of trademark law or with which trademark registration with the US Patent and Trademark Office is concerned. Trademark protection is extended to the word mark (name,...Read more »
My sister took my wedding photos for free as a “gift”, but since then has decided she’s not going to give them to me. She won’t talk to anyone or listen to anyone who asks her for the photos. Many family members have offered to pay to see the photos but she refuses. We were married in a... Read more »
Unfortunately, no. The law does not provide for any way to enforce unkept promises unless there was an agreement and unless both sides received consideration. I suggest you try to compromise and at least pay the photographer something--because the photos are hers.
For the media items, like movies & tv shows, I have embedded trailers from YouTube into the listings. According to YouTube, as long as videos are embedded and not copy & pasted, this is perfectly acceptable, allowable, and legal, found here: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/171780?hl=en .... Read more »
There are a number of ways to file a patent in Belgium as well as other countries. The first step is going to be determining if you're only interested in Belgium or if you'd like to file in other countries as well. From there, you will have to decide if you'd like to draft your own application or...Read more »
Can I some how own guns being a felon but only to protect myself being the business. Or would I have to file and ask a judge about it and give them my specific reasoning for why I want to be aloud to own them and take them safely with me after trained in concealed carry classes, that way any kind... Read more »
Your question is a patent question not a copyright question. What you are asking is whether there is any patent where you plan to operate that would cover left and right swipe. This is known as a freedom-to-operate question. In other words do you have freedom to operate as you plan or is there...Read more »
I have a big show (100,000+ attendees) coming up for contestants to win a certificate if they happen to win on a larger version of the Connect4 game. I am making up a sign to use for this game, but do not want to infringe on any trademarks.
The slogan we are wanting to use is "Connect4... Read more »
Occasionally, I have customers upload artwork that includes trademark or copyright images. I do not profit from using their images since I charge the same price for the custom apparel, regardless of what they want on it. I do not sell these in bulk or to resellers - they are usually one-offs. Am I... Read more »
Yes, you could be sued for copyright infringement by creating custom apparel with content that infringes someone else's copyright or trademark. Even if you made no money, it would still be infringement. You should set up a process to ensure you do not create such products.
I keep reading online that you cannot copyright typography, just the font software is that correct, the font owner is telling me i have to buy a commercial license to use her fonts in my designs? Not sure if they just want me to purchase an expensive licence or what?
You may be free to use the typeface if you do not use the font software to create the typography. If you do use the font software to create the typography, then you likely will need to purchase an expanded license. Also, the terms of your current font software license may have certain contractual...Read more »
I'm running an online business in personalized video creations (photographs with music in the background). I have an itunes library of all the music I've purchased and I'd like my customers to be able to choose from them, or pick other musical selections that I would then buy from the itunes store... Read more »
Your use of others' music as you describe would be considered copyright infringement. When you purchase and download a song from iTunes, you only have the right to personal use of the song, and not the right to "copy" of otherwise "distribute" it, which is what you're doing if you're adding music...Read more »
You can search for federal trademarks at the USPTO via the TESS system. There are two possible registrations that may prevent you from securing a trademark: "Unlabeled Society" and "Unlabeled State of Mind." Both are registered in international class 25 (clothing). So, if you pursued a trademark...Read more »
That press announcement does not. It states that fans are allowed to upload derivative works of Nintendo's IP to the Japanese video streaming service Niconico at http://www.nicovideo.jp/ and not anywhere else, like Etsy.
I currently have an idea for a new app. However I currently lack the technical skill to create it, and I am considering finding outside assistance. In this case, would I be the primary owner of the enterprise or would credit go to the person who had the skill to take the idea and turn it into a... Read more »
The contract between you and the person who creates your app, as crafted by an attorney, would define who owns the underlying intellectual property. Absent contractual agreement and any real participation on your behalf, other than supplying the idea, if you're seeking to copyright the code of...Read more »
I'd like to title my column "7upandwine" and have a correspondinge website "7upandwine.com" -- Would including "7up" in my column name and website open me up to legal response? For example does it infringe on some kind of copyright law? I'd eventually like to syndicate this column, so I want to be... Read more »
Possibly. Without more information, the question is theoretical.
Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your...Read more »
Not 'freely'. You would certainly run into some copyright questions. There might or might not be fair uses in your use of the quotes, which would be a defense to liability, but I would need to review each quote and the context and manner in which you use it.
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