answered on Jan 16, 2023
Use of trademarked and copywrited products and characters in other products for sale is not permitted and will subject you to possible lawsuits and damages which will include forfeiture of all profits from such sales, payment of attorney's fees and court costs, plus possible punitive or... Read more »
answered on Sep 21, 2022
There's a joke among lawyers: "A picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by image copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist."
No, you cannot use a copyrighted or trademarked image owned by another in the sale or marketing... Read more »
I have a question regarding U.S. Copyright.
I have a work that is written in English.
Let's say I translate that work into some other languages using Google Translate or some other online translation service and I edit a little bit to make the translation better.... Read more »
answered on Jul 25, 2022
answered on Aug 5, 2021
You need to contact an attorney to understand the chances you have to get that mark
I am a freelance model , I post most of my work on my social media accounts and run that as my business page as well . For years small brands and large cooperations use and manipulate my images into business logos , promotional marketing and evening jewelry and interior design products . Can I... Read more »
answered on Mar 3, 2021
You need to retain local counsel to set up the right corporate entities for you, then have an intellectual property attorney set up the appropriate protections for you. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY WHO IS LICENSED IN YOUR STATE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. This is merely... Read more »
answered on Feb 17, 2021
“Under the doctrine of ‘patent exhaustion,’” United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., wrote in a 2017 decision, “once a patent holder sells an item, it can no longer control the item through the patent laws.... The purchaser and all subsequent owners are free to use... Read more »
If I wanted to publish a book and sell it with pictures of memes from the internet is there a copyright issue? I looked online and saw a lot of different opinions.
My first thought is always “what are the copyright implications”? These memes do not have signatures and I have no... Read more »
answered on Oct 27, 2020
That is a very interesting question. It is very likely a minefield.
You need to consult with an attorney for guidance and strategies to mitigate (can never bring to zero) your risk.
Also consult with an insurance agency specializing in copyright coverage. They can make an assessment... Read more »
I was a high school teacher and created about 50 powerpoint lessons in the school's drive. The school locked me out and will not share my powerpoint lessons. I am of course very upset over this. I spent days on one powerpoint alone. The school would not suffer any harm by sharing my lessons... Read more »
answered on Oct 8, 2020
You may find this article informative on the subject, although it does not address any special statutory or other law in Maryland that may vary from the basic principal that a work made in the course and within the scope of employment generally belongs to the employer:... Read more »
answered on Sep 27, 2020
Depends on several factors. Using a trademark that is virtually identical/confusingly similar to another trademark in the same or related class/category of goods or services may be deemed trademark infringement. Adding a hyphen may not be enough to overcome the likelihood of confusion by consumers.... Read more »
Can my old employer sue me for having his logo printed on the mask
answered on Aug 4, 2020
No, unless your intent is to trick potential customers into thinking they are dealing with you old employer in order to get your old employer's potential customers.
I'm working with a team of volunteers on an unpaid passion project. One of those volunteers did a lot of artwork for us and gave us permission to use it. Now, about 9 months later, he is telling us that he wants all his artwork taken out of the project and completely redone. This puts a... Read more »
answered on May 20, 2020
You may have a problem. However consider the rights of co-authors as addressed here:
The video would go on YouTube/FaceBook/Twitter and other social media sites. It is a salute to our heroes killed in the line of duty. No profits or money would be exchanged in any way. If a license is needed, what is the best way to accomplish this?
answered on Apr 27, 2020
That sounds like a worthwhile project, but you will still need to get permission from whomever owns the copyright in the song. Also most songs have music and lyrics, so there could be 2 copyright owners. The service providers will want to know that you have the rights to post your version of the... Read more »
answered on Apr 26, 2020
Is it that you want your company to be the owner of the royalty stream for a particular work? BMI does allow for the assignment of such rights and has a form to use. However, once you assign the rights you no longer will have access to the royalty rights unless you have the rights reassigned to... Read more »
answered on Apr 5, 2020
I gather that you registered the copyright of the song in your name with the Copyright Office. That is fine. If you want your business company to now own the copyright, you can have an Assignment of Rights prepared which would result in you assigning your copyright rights to the business.... Read more »
I plan on releasing two songs and I want to copyright both of them. I recently bought two beats and got exclusive rights from a producer.He emailed me the mp3 and wav files and told me I can do whatever I want with them and that they were mine. The issue is idk if I should copyright these as a... Read more »
answered on Mar 18, 2020
Read the descriptions for each, Sound recordings and PA, they explain.
Sound recordings could be with or without lyrics, so if it is a mp3, wav file, it is a sound recording.
You can add the copyrighted work in your description in limitation of claims, if they are filed with... Read more »
The person holding the patent has never brought the product to market. My design is different but the idea is the same.
answered on Feb 27, 2019
You can't. You can't patent something that you did not invent. And you can't patent something that is already available to the public.
Now, if you have an invention that is sufficiently different from, or an improvement over, an existing product, then you should be able to... Read more »
I invented the name for my business back in 2007-2008 and want to use this name as I am starting my own consulting business. However, in 2017 there was a documentary/TV series created with the same name. Is this copyright infringement if I go forward using the name I'd come up with? It's... Read more »
answered on Jan 2, 2019
As long as you are not creating written or media pieces (film) with the name as a title (assuming the name is unique and identical to the TV show) then there is probably neither copyright nor trademark infringement. But without reviewing the specific title and nature of your business it is... Read more »
It would be to create a business with the information obtained
answered on Sep 18, 2018
Many government websites make information readily available for search but have a disclaimer that the information cannot be harvested by an auto-bot, software programs, etc. Harvesting an entire database is probably not going to fly, but without knowing what database you are trying to access, one... Read more »
They are saying this is a gang-related paten. Which it is not. How are they allowed to tell the police it is.
answered on Sep 6, 2018
I do not know what "it" is. Platen is defined as "a plate, typically made of gold or silver, used for holding the bread during the Eucharist and sometimes as a cover for the chalice."
The police say. Who says? An individual police officer? A supervisor? Is it in writing?... Read more »
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