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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Intellectual Property on
Q: if I were to post videos online of a group playing a tabletop game based on copyright material could I be sued?

if I were to post videos on youtube of me and some friends playing tabletop RPG based around copyrighted material (pokemon) could I be sued for copyright infringement and could I monetize it without legal repercussions?

Thomas James
Thomas James
answered on Sep 26, 2022

This response is based on U.S. copyright law. Laws in other jurisdictions may be different.

While game rules are not protected by copyright, the manner in which they are expressed might be. Images (artwork, drawings, photographs, etc.) generally are protected by copyright. Names of games...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: can my husband kick me out after 23 yrs this is my home to, he has a nw girlfrnd bt he told IRS we were married what do?

My common law boyfriend (now husband) is trying to kick me out of our home n i hv no place to go can he just do that to me? Help what can/should I do he has a girlfriend is why hes treating me like a dog csk . Over the last 20 yrs I believe I am entitled to at least half of what we got over the... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 26, 2022

In Texas, to prove a common law marriage, you will need evidence of 1) an agreement to be married, 2) after the agreement you lived together in Texas a husband and wife, and 3) in Texas, you represented to others that you were married.

Filing joint tax returns as a married couple is direct...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I am interested in writing a screenplay on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, The Offshore Pirate. Is it public domain?
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Yes, this work should already be considered as in public domain as it was published in 1920.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Im not sure how to make sure my intellectual property does not get stolen, they may have connections in creating my idea
James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 21, 2022

I believe you've asked similar questions on Justia. As stated before, more information is needed. What can be said, based on what you've provided, is that you should speak with an IP [Intellectual Property] attorney in your area. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: Both Netflix and Google have violated my USPTO registered TM. Are you able and willing to fight these behemoths?

I have a good case against both Google and Netflix with much documentation and screenshot images. Netflix uses my name on their cartoon, Bojack Horseman, where they've placed it on the marquee of an abortion clinic slurring my registered USPTO TM. They call it "freedom of expression"... Read more »

Sergiy M Sivochek
Sergiy M Sivochek
answered on Sep 19, 2022

These types of questions are always very complex and fact-specific. And there are always many gray areas. Before any reasonable attorney can tell you whether they are willing to fight Google and Netflix on your behalf, there are MANY additional questions that will need to be asked and answered, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Illinois on
Q: I am within my legal rights to use a modified version of the coppertone logo freely? I would be making money off it.

Am I allowed to use an image of a girl and dog, deliberately meant to resemble the coppertone ads of the 1960s, as a logo for my band?

Sergiy M Sivochek
Sergiy M Sivochek
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Deliberate copying or modification of someone else's image may constitute willful copyright infringement with serious consequences, especially if done for financial gains. You would be well-advised to carefully discuss your specific plans with an experienced intellectual property lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Arizona on
Q: GoDaddy Domain Issue

Our company owns a domain called <name disclosed> which serves as an online shop and has generates several hundreds of thousands of USD in sales.

Our domain was registered with GoDaddy.com years ago.

On Thursday, 15th September 2022, I called Godaddy explaining to them that I... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

yes, filing a lawsuit against the company would probably be possible, but I strongly advice you to consult it with an attorney at law so he can check all the details and analyse the situation. By doing this, you will have better understanding of your chances in this case.

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a patent that was abandoned be patented again by one of the inventors?

Publication number: 20040002883

Joshua David Mertzlufft
Joshua David Mertzlufft
answered on Sep 14, 2022

If there's a new improvement to it that is patentable, there may be an opportunity for a new patent application. However resubmitting an old application as-is that's already published, with nothing more, generally won't work.



I am a registered U.S. patent...
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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a patent that was abandoned be patented again by one of the inventors?

Publication number: 20040002883

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Sep 14, 2022

For patents, no.

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Gaming and Intellectual Property for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to make content using video game footage/pictures?

I want to make video game content like YouTube videos or screenshot pictures. Like game playthroughs or something. I also want to be able to monetize somehow, like with ads, affiliate marketing, or linking to Patreon.

But I'm worried about getting in trouble with copyright or getting... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Dear Creator,

thats a very interesting question and I will gladly try to answer it.

At first, in general, it is legal to create a gameplay videos from video games and post them on youtube and then monetize your channel. There are some circumstances when this does not apply such as...
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Q: WHAT IF I SOMEONE HAS STOLEN MY SCHOOL PROJECTS FROM "96-09" AND HAS FILED AND OBTAINED PATENTS ACCORDINGLY?

ITS PRETTY DEEP. FROM BLUETOOTH TECH, AUDIO CONVERSIONS, AND BLOCKHAIN IN RELATIONSHIP TO DNA.

James L. Arrasmith
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James L. Arrasmith PRO label
answered on Sep 8, 2022

You still have copyright protection. You may not have patent protection depending on more factual circumstances of your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property on
Q: the Trade mark Oral Xcel is abandoned we use for ane product Oral Xcel see oral-x.com. can we apply /reinstate?email -
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Dear Mr or Mrs,

yes it is possible to file a new trademark even though the previous one, which was similar/identical, was abandoned.

However you will need to go through the whole process of trademark registration from start.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Illinois on
Q: I pitched an idea for a software platform to a large local company around the year 2000. The company was extremely

interested before suddenly cutting off communication with my company. I now work for this large corporation and was recently called into a meeting where I saw the product I had pitched had been fully implemented internally. I have zero proof. Do I have an IP case?

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 23, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

your case would be very hard as the burden of proof lies on your shoulders as you would be in position of plaintiff. Also the time (20 years) is quite a lot and making situation harder as you did not try to patent or protect differently this idea of yours.

Maybe you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: Hello, My mother died in 1987 and owned two properties prior to death. One in Corning, NY and the other lake property

I have not seen the Will but according to court documents, the property was named the Mourhess Family Trust and my brother was named as the Trustee. Before my mother died (she was in ill health) she sold both properties to my brother for $1 total, without me knowing about it. After she died, my... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Aug 23, 2022

From 1987? No there is nothing you can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property on
Q: I need to save a patent of an invention by a non-US researcher

saved in Tunisia's copyright and inventions' company INNORPI and I would like to sell it

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 22, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

yes, the patent owner can sell the patent with contract between him and the new owner.

However some countries require you to register such agreement in te local Intellectual Property Office.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Arizona on
Q: Can I mention by name famous artists in a picture book I have written?

My book includes Monet, Van Gogh, O'Keefe, Caulder and Michelangelo. Am I allowed to use their names and likenesses of their works in my book?

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 20, 2022

Yes, you are free to use their names and likenesses of their works. There is no copyright or other related infringment in such action. Actually many book authors across the world do it in their own works about these artists. I hope it answers your question.

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Q: Dear Sirs/Madams, I found a patent filed on this website that is actually based on my own work. How do I proceed?

The patent in question is based on my Ph.D. work and has been subsequently published. I would like to be at least mentioned as an inventor since the innovation was mine.

The following public documents attest to me having precedence over the inventors listed on the patent:

1. My... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
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Kevin E. Flynn
answered on Aug 15, 2022

You should consult with a patent attorney. This fact pattern happens from time to time as the work of a Ph.D. candidates get ignored when the patent application is filed after their graduation.

You will need to have a patent attorney compare the claims to your writings. It is possible...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property on
Q: Making a book about film locations in LA. Can I include a still from a movie as (transformative) fair use?

I plan on selling the book eventually. There won't be more than one still from any 1 movie.

An example would be that I would have a page that shows Monument Valley and there would be a still from the Forrest Gump running scene on the page. The text of the page would describe the... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Aug 14, 2022

Use of a single still from a movie to identify a scene and location is definitely "fair use" under the copyright law; and you correctly observe that the use in a book to illustrate factual exposition is "transformative" use of the original copyrighted material.

It would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property on
Q: I want to ask is this domain name :nftsstrong.com is tredmark plaese

nftsstrong.com

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 9, 2022

Your question could get overlooked in this category. Product liability deals with injuries from defective products. Your question is closer to the Trademark and Intellectual Property categories. There's no guarantee all posts are ultimately picked up here, but you'd have better chances of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Intellectual Property for Illinois on
Q: What would the penalty be if someone trespassed on private property, took photos of me in my swimsuit without my consent

photos and videos of me behind a privacy fence, on privacy property, without my knowledge or consent and distributed them to anyone

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Aug 8, 2022

Assemble your evidence and present it to the local prosecutor for possible criminal charges.

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