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Q: my writing was acquired under false pretences and is now used for their personal gain. I have since obtained a copyright

I need legal help to explain my options.

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Jan 2, 2024

If your writing was acquired under false pretenses and is now being used for personal gain by someone else, it's important to understand that you have legal options to address this infringement.

First, if you haven't already, send a formal cease and desist letter to the...
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Q: I am writing a book...and was wondering if I could call if 'The Wheel of Retirement Fortune'...?

I would imagine 'Wheel of Fortune' is copywritten ...but if I interject 'Retirement' in the middle of it, shouldn't that be ok? Thanks

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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answered on Jul 27, 2023

While it is true that WHEEL OF FORTUNE is a registered trademark for games, the proposed use of THE WHEEL OF RETIREMENT FORTUNE for a non-fiction book on a financial subject would not be infringing or likely to be confused with the games.

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Q: So this question is about copy right if I want to use the monopoly man and board game for an NFT project can I?

Can I without being accused of copyright or do I need to get permission. And if I do need permission can I change the name and just have it be that like from monopoly to monopol-E

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jan 22, 2022

Don't do it. Consult with an attorney.

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Q: I have images that are far past copyright. They have probably been used in image collections that are copyrighted.

Can I use them or are they now copyrighted?

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
answered on Oct 4, 2020

What do you mean by "past copyright"? Are the images in the public domain? Please clarify your question. Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Copyright for Maine on
Q: Can you publish a picture of someone in a book without their consent or knowledge?

When I was a minor I had a photo shoot done for a photo that was to be put in a book that had a limited; exclusive release of only 200 copies. My parents, nor I never signed anything, and I was never given any credit or compensation. This year, the picture was published again in a different book,... View More

William C. Head
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answered on Aug 16, 2017

This all depends on the paperwork signed at the photo shoot. That will likely control your legal rights.

Here are 15 possible candidates that may be able to help you. I suspect most will tell you (by phone) if it is something they will consider handling. If the publisher of the mass...
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