I was hired by a publisher to write a non-fiction book on a very popular television show where I discuss the history of the show, the themes, the characters and provide my opinion on each of the series episodes. Publisher states because I'm providing an opinion there is absolutely no copyright... Read more »
Your concerns are valid. You should consider seriously getting permission. Make sure the hiring party give you a contract where they take full responsibility or liability. Consult with an attorney before doing anything.
their wording is registered and my words are arranged differently and missing a word the registered TM has. I also have a distant design for mine and its in use and printed on many things. How will I go about TM my design? Is it possible?
Not necessarily. An abandoned could be revived, and could already or still be in use in commerce so is not necessarily available for use https://www.uspto.gov/trademark/laws-regulations/overview-final-rule-revivals-reinstatements-and-petitions-director
It depends on the context you plan to use the phrase in, what is claimed in the trademark application, and how the other party is using the phrase. An attorney would need to review all the facts to answer this question.
They asked that i remove the photo, which I did, and are also asking that I pay them $6750.00 for the last six months that the photo was used. This photo was taken off of Google search and had I been asked by the copyright owner to take it down sooner, it would have been done immediately. This is a... Read more »
You should contact the song's owner and ask. Often times, churches purchase or receive blanket permission covering an assortment of songs and so no extra permission would be needed. Even if that's not the case, many times copyright owners are happy to allow use for events like this;...Read more »
I want to sell the keychains on the internet. Is this legal or do I need to obtain permission from the universities whose logos I'm using? I have done a little research on this and it really seems like a grey area. Some sites say you absolutely need permission - others state that once the... Read more »
You need to obtain permission from the trademark owners. The first sale doctrine would likely protect you if you resold exactly what you purchased, the scrapbook paper. If you use the paper to create a new branded product, you would not be protected by the first sale doctrine. Also, using a...Read more »
I was asked by someone to make a number of hard(CD)copies of music for them. This request requires me to "rip" the content(given to me in CD format) on a computer and then burn the music onto the requested number of CDs( also provided to me). The requester(the commissioner) has told me... Read more »
You may be at risk of committing copyright infringement if the person commissioning the project does not have the appropriate rights. If the commissioner does own the copyright to the content on the CDs, he should be willing to cover any loss you may incur from copying the content (indemnify you)....Read more »
I am assuming you purchased a print of a photograph. If so, you cannot reproduce the photograph and sell it in a calendar. The owner of the copyright to the photograph has the right to reproduce the image. By you doing so, you would infringe on the copyright owners rights. If you want to...Read more »
The first step is to research the mark to determine if anyone else is using it or something similar. There are a variety of trademark search services that can perform a search for you. Once you know what other trademarks exist, you may want to change your mark or proceed with a trademark...Read more »
Generally, facts cannot be copyrighted, however the display and organization of facts can be copyrighted. To answer whether the particular organization of information you're talking about contains the required level of creativity to receive copyright...Read more »
This question is probably too fact-specific for an attorney to be able to give you a clear answer without seeing the game. That being said, it is a dangerous strategy to rely on fair use in a questionable scenario. Fair use is a defense to a lawsuit, which means that you're already in court...Read more »
I have a blog where I feature women about their businesses. They submit professional photos of themselves and/or their businesses that I can include in their article. My question is...is it legal according to copyright laws for me to post these photos? Or do I have to get permission from the person... Read more »
To not be liable for copyright infringement, you need permission from the person who holds the rights to those photographs. That may be the photographers or it may be the people who submit photos to you. You can require your clients to agree in writing that they hold the rights to the photographs...Read more »
I bought the guitar from this person. I bought it to resell. I used his photos. They show ONLY the instrument. No furniture, address', people or other personal items he had. Just the instrument. He says he will sue me for using them. I thought once you post anything on a public site, it could... Read more »
The photographer owns the copyright to photograph you used. You infringed upon his rights in the images. If he registered with the US Copyright Office, you are likely on the hook for statutory damages, which can be up to $150,000 per infringement. If he did not register...Read more »
Most likely not. Your contribution needs to be transformative, or truly criticism (and you could not just post a video of someone else's song and then at the end say you don't like it, as you did not need to post any of the song to tell people that).
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