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Q: How would copyright or patent for musical equipment work internationally?

Let us say that Country XYZ has no such thing as copyright infringement and they make musical gear

with preexisting recordings from other companies, and it is perfectly legal in that country.

If a musician in the USA, where it would not be legal to use preexisting recordings from... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Oct 23, 2022

What you propose sounds a lot like copyright infringement. I don't understand your terminology--like what do you mean by "gear". An instrument, to me, is a horn, a guitar, a piano, etc., not something that reproduces pre-recorded data.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and International Law for California on
Q: Do "imported" music/synthesizer software have to meet US regulation on sampling and copyright? Or only in that country?

Hello. If I wanted to purchase a virtual synthesizer from a developer abroad that followed the sampling laws of the country it was made in, could I use that synthesizer in my music? In other words, if the sampling laws of that country were different than that of the US, how would that effect what... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Oct 23, 2022

I don't really understand your question, but intellectual property protections like trademarks, copyrights and patents protect the owner's rights, not yours nor that of the U. S. Government--while there are criminal infractions of various relevant statutes.

If you have permission...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and International Law for California on
Q: International Independent Contractor law for wage claim

I am an independent contractor from the Philippines and my employer is a US citizen who has not paid for $2500 and more than 30 days past due. I need assistance in reference to the unsettled payment and corresponding charges for damages and other fees.

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Workers Compensation IS NOT a remedy for Independent Contractors. Wage Claims are NOT covered by the Workers Compensation Act of the Labor Code. (It sounds like it would, but it's just for employees who get physically hurt performing their job.) If you are an Independent Contractor, you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and International Law for California on
Q: My husband served me divorce papers and he left country as he lost his immigration status.Does he get spousal support

We have been living separately for 3 years and marriage lifetime was only 1 year.

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 10, 2022

This would be a question for international law since you would need to have those orders also recognized in the country that he is in.

Also, because of the short duration of the marriage, a long spousal support order is unlikely.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and International Law for California on
Q: Civil guard. case, petits had counsel. I asked the judge if I may retain counsel he says no we are done here get out!

Where my civil rights violate

Julie King
Julie King
answered on Jul 10, 2022

There isn’t enough information for anyone to help you. Unfortunately, it’s a bit like giving someone the last three pages of a book and asking if it was a good end to the story. I’m not a civil litigator (other than probate), but it sounds like you need a litigator to whom you can give much... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Health Care Law and International Law for California on
Q: is it legal for a tour company to not allow someone's task trained service animal to accompany them on the tour?

I'm traveling to a different country amd require my animal to monitor my heart rate among other specific tasks, and was told I would not be allowed to bring her.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 6, 2022

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. There are animal law attorneys here who would have the strongest insight into legal issues with service animals, and you could reach out to them at this point. However, from an international law/health care law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for California on
Q: I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEORY TITTLE OF KING USA MY FIDUCIARY HAS THEORY FUNDS TO PAY FOR IT, BUT SHE IS REALLY BUSY.

Can I Obtain The Tittle of King USA

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Feb 5, 2022

I am not sure what a Tittle is, but the title of King of USA is prohibited by custom and was refused by George Washington.

With all due respect, get a life!

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Civil Rights and International Law for California on
Q: If you help someone from another country come to the U.S., are you responsible for them in a monetary way?

For example, if you sign a visa for them to come visit, or if they want to live here and not just visit, is there a way to help them, and if you do, are you responsible in any way for them for life?

Kyndra L Mulder
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Kyndra L Mulder
answered on Nov 12, 2021

If you have completed a financial affidavit on behalf of the alien you are responsible for that person to a limited extent.: USCIS.gov/I-864 and USCIS.gov/I-134 is where you can find the forms and an explanation of your responsibility if you sponsor someone.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: Can a remote US employee living in Australia qualify for EB1C Green card?

Hi there, I am located in Brisbane Australia. I was born in India and hold Australian Citizenship. I work remotely from Australia for a US company. I have an Indefinite contract with the company, and I pay my taxes in Australia. My company does have 1 offshore office registered in London UK. I was... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
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Kyndra L Mulder
answered on Sep 22, 2021

The best approach to achieve immigrating to the US is to work with an experienced immigration attorney. The attorney will discuss with you various business visas and the requirements for the visa that is best for you. Supporting documents are based on your situation and qualifications. The... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and International Law for California on
Q: looking for a lawyer specialized in contracts for China to help me prepare a comprehensive NDA for a supplier in China
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
answered on Oct 28, 2020

Well, as you might imagine, there are a number of legal and business issues in dealing with suppliers or customers in another country ... and China poses a few unique issues. So, the first step is to schedule a free initial video call or telephone call with at least two attorneys of your choice to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is someone allowed to be recorded without consent in a Discord Server (an internet chat forum) Under CA penal Code 632?

Discord is an online chat space for people who are playing video games. It is privately owned, and has it's own terms of service. Discord itself has a rule about following California's law. However, there is an argument that the chat service is a public space seeing as anyone on the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 11, 2020

Section 632 applies to recording of "confidential communications" which are carried on by means of a telegraph, telephone or other device, which seems to cover everything. However, 632.5 through 632.7 were added in 1968 to include cellular radio telephones and cordless telephones. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: bangoods.com item damaged sent back the lieing dont want to refund me i have solid facts annd proof of them lie after li

banggoods online shopping confirmed they got the retuen package, stared saying "we didnt te;ll you to send it back" lies, i have proof coped return labels etc.. just the most childish lies refusing to refund me im guessing lost the item perhaps and being stuborn... communist cover up... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 30, 2020

Sorry to hear you have this problem. Try to cancel your payment, if by credit card, file a dispute. A 15 second google search gave me this: Banggood has a consumer rating of 1.72 stars from 2,015 reviews indicating that most consumers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Banggood also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: My naturalized citizen dad wants to return to the US after fleeing mail fraud charges from the 90s. Will he be detained?

My dad became a naturalized citizen in August of 1996. In July of 1999 he was charged with mail fraud under 18:1341. After fighting it for a while he returned to India without settling the case. The most recent Docket entry shows charges for fleeing and making threatening remarks (18:1073 and 875c)... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jul 23, 2020

more info needed.

chances are that there is still a bench warrant for is arrest in the system and he would be arrested upon trying to enter.

mail fraud is a serious case and I would suspect he would not be released with a low bail or any bail.

since he didn't show once,...
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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Internacional Law. Can any legal steps be made in this situation with the company in China?

A week ago I made a purchase of 120 thermometers for my uncle’s clinic in Peru from a company in China. The agent told me the total and arranged the delivery who guaranteed that it would be delivered to the clinic in Peru. A wire transfer was made to their bank in Hong Kong (HSBC) from J.p.... Read more »

Keith Hamilton Fichtelman
Keith Hamilton Fichtelman
answered on Jun 17, 2020

There are a few issues here that are going to have a bearing on the answer.

First and foremost, did you have a written contract (even emails back and forth confirming terms) or was this all oral communications? If you have a written contract, those terms would control. Was your contract...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and International Law for California on
Q: I'm an American but live overseas. I've been threatened with a copyright lawsuit from an Attorney in the USA.

Would they have to serve me here in Germany to proceed, and would I have to go to the States to respond? I have a U.S. business mailing address but am a legal resident of Germany.

The second part of the question is that through my research their 'client' might not actually own the... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jun 15, 2020

This can be complicated.

In theory they can serve you and you should answer the lawsuit.

You could claim no jurisdiction if you live and work and the infringement happened as result of your actions in Germany.

Talk to an American attorney to understand your options better....
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Federal Crimes and International Law for California on
Q: Is what I am doing considered as structuring or smurfing?

Question answered. Thanks

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on May 13, 2020

Although you probably do not know it, you are operating a small business in California. And since your small business involves currency trades you may be violation federal or state law doing what you are doing for a living.

And BTW, in today's brave new world of super high-tech...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: a 90 year old NAZI was found to be living in Tennessee and will be deported. Why doesn't the US charge him instead?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/us/friedrich-karl-berger-nazi-concentration-camp.amp.html%3f0p19G=0038

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Mar 6, 2020

The U.S. has elected to seek deportation for those who lie on their immigration forms, even if the lie took place long ago. This, because there is no statute of limitation in civil immigration law. There is no statute of limitations for murder. In the genocide cases, the Government of Germany is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and International Law for California on
Q: A relative, who is a foreign citizen, is sending a relatively big gift to buy house (in excess of 100,000). is this tax

The person that is sending the money is the father of the US citizen, but he is not an expat of the US. He was born and continues to live outside the US, but does come to visit the US only around 1 month per year. So, he should pass the IRS “substantial presence test “, right ?

If my... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
answered on Feb 25, 2020

Foreign transfers of funds into the US are not taxable.

They are reportable on form 3520.

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