When writing a Children's Book the best protection is the copyright protection for the book. Be sure to once the final version of the book is complete to register the work with the Library of Congress. A copyright is not protected in court without being official registered work. The...View More
You have a couple of options for protecting your original work, as described. The first would be to copyright the book, or books, you write. You could do them individually (single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire) and pay the $45 dollar e-copyright registration fees for each....View More
This is not a copyright question, but really belongs in the realm of trademark law. Whether you can use any particular name for a product or business cannot be answered unless and until you do a thorough name clearance search. Yes, they do cost money, but the money spent upfront can be considered...View More
Using "All the Smoke" as the name of a spice blend is contingent upon whether the phrase is already trademarked in a similar category of goods. To determine its availability, you would conduct a trademark search in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database. If...View More
There are many online content creators in the finance and investing space. With so much information and so little time, I want to summarize videos and publish them, along with metadata and trend/sentiment analysis, to a website that may be monetized through ads and/or subscription for custom feeds.... View More
Summarizing other people's content and monetizing it could potentially expose you to copyright infringement claims under federal law, especially if the summaries capture the essence or key elements of the original work. The Fair Use doctrine allows for limited use of copyrighted material...View More
You may generally use your own registered trademarked logo within graphic artwork. However, any modifications to the logo should be done with caution to avoid weakening the distinctiveness of the registered trademark and potentially infringing on the rights of others. It is advisable to consult...View More
To trademark your artwork, you can file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A trademark protects the use of a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of others. To apply for...View More
Trademark signifies a source of goods or services. Unless your artwork serves as a logo (which can be trademarked), you would have to demonstrate to the USPTO that the elements of your artwork are distinctive and unique enough (secondary meaning) to qualify as a source of goods. This can be...View More
Well, assuming the grace period has already expired and there's no common law use or federal registration(s)/pending application(s) for anything identical or similar in the relevant categories, then you could attempt to register the mark. I'd recommend hiring a trademark attorney to...View More
I have a store on eBay and noticed that other sellers are using them without my permission and now I found a company using my photos .. its frustrating because I took the time, patience, and dedication to take each photo and for someone to just use them is not fair, I've tried contacting the... View More
Unsure, as your information does not exactly make sense. The person who wrote the beat owns the copyright to that part, you would own the copyright to your lyrics. The other person would own the rights to their lyrics.
It depends on what the idea is. If it falls under patent, trademark, or copyright law, you should take the respective action to secure it (prosecute a patent or trademark application or register your copyright). If it does not fall under one of those categories, it may be a trade secret, in which...View More
A group of independent consultants works collaboratively on some projects - primarily joint marketing, and also producing and delivering online training. The group created an LLC to own a bank account and linked online payment accounts, to take in, hold, & pay out pooled funds for collaborative... View More
An attorney would need to review all the facts to answer this question, most importantly, the LLC operating agreement. It is possible there could be joint ownership of the property by the members, if not through the LLC, then through a general partnership created by law as a result of the...View More
I was forced to perform work for a former classmate during university. The latter did this by means of death threats and other blackmail acts. I complied and authored the said person's final year project for her. The person has since passed this work off as hers and has used it for commercial... View More
not only did my grandmas sister switch her name and take it off the property and add her daughter in place of her, without my grandma present and her notarized signature, changing ownership of half the property without the other halfs approval is illegal mal practice right?
If a lender is foolish enough to make a loan to only one of two owners of the property, it is ok. Your great aunt committed forgery and fraud if she signed your grandmother's name to a deed without your grandmother's consent or knowledge. If there is a lien against only one party's...View More
First, you need to make sure no one else is already using the same mark. You could do your own search using the Trademark Office's database (http://www.uspto.gov/trademark) but those only include the marks registered. A better option is to consult with a trademark attorney who can go over...View More
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