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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Civil Rights and Intellectual Property for Mississippi on
Q: If I use pictures I've taken of children to illustrate a book do I need a release from their parents?

I plan to use filters so that the children aren't recognizable unless you've seen the original photo.

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answered on Jun 27, 2024

To answer this question, we need to consider a few key points:

1. Copyright: As the photographer, you own the copyright to the photos you've taken. This generally allows you to use them for various purposes, including in a book.

2. Right of publicity: Even if you own the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Internet Law, Libel & Slander and Intellectual Property for Mississippi on
Q: Does making pornographic content of a copyrighted character fall under fair use / parody?

This character is widely publicly sexualized, but not by the owner of the copyright per say. This content would also be for profit.

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answered on Oct 18, 2023

In the U.S., fair use is a doctrine that allows limited use of copyrighted material without obtaining permission from the rights holders. Factors considered include the purpose of use, nature of the copyrighted work, amount used, and effect on the market.

While parody can sometimes be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Mississippi on
Q: Can the name Sturgis be used by Sturgis MS to name a motorcycle event, t-shirts, banners, advertisements for event?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 5, 2021

You need to do a search for whether the trademark is registered and consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Estate Planning for Mississippi on
Q: Hi can grand kids fight for money that grandfather left them when they were younger that was stolen from them by uncle .

Also grandfather left their mother money but before she could get it she passed away ...her half was suppose to go to her 3 children,right?

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answered on Dec 6, 2019

Your claim is premised on the contention that the children should have inherited from their mother. That may be true, but it is not necessarily true. There are not enough facts stated in your question to determine that. Your mother might not have inherited from your grandfather at all if she did... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Mississippi on
Q: How do I pick up where I left off on my trademark logo. I thought it was finished
Michael Gerity
Michael Gerity
answered on Sep 13, 2017

Hello. Unfortunately, it's impossible to answer your question without knowing exactly where it is you left off. Assuming you are filing for federal registration, after you file, nothing much happens for quite a while (several months). Then an examiner is assigned, and very often they will... View More

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