Generally speaking, the photos you take are your own property, and can be protected by copyright. This means, as your property (IP), you can use it as you like. Some buildings can be subject to architectural copyright protection, but being a federal building (taxpayer funded), I would feel...Read more »
I am the founder and president of a non-profit organization, registered in Missouri since 2019. A former board member has stolen the intellectual property of the organization and is using the organization's name for personal use. They have removed my access to the domain name in the... Read more »
The devil is going to be in the details on this, and there are probably dozens of follow-up questions that a nonprofit attorney (which I am) or an intellectual property attorney (which I am not) would ask you. But here are some thoughts.
This type of situation often arises when two or more...Read more »
I want to make my own cards for people to support their loved ones who are coming out as part of the LGBT community. However, other people are already doing that. Since that idea is so specific and unusual, could someone copyright that type of card? Or can anyone make any type of card as long as... Read more »
The second. You can not protect the concept. You can only protect the content, its substance and look and feel. So you can protect the combination of words, in a specific style, graphics, artistic elements.
Hi, it looks like you posted this in the Copyright section, but you are looking for information about a Patent. I would suggest re-posting in the Patent section for better answers. You will need a licensed patent attorney to help in your situation.
I am a new entrepreneur with a Bachelors Degree in grapic design looking to start a new company. I will use the moniker High AF where the current owner has not used that moniker. As i understand it is owned by a make-up company that does not use that moniker currently or ever to my knowledge. I am... Read more »
I am looking to write a musical and I would love to write a musical based on the cartoon Danny Phantom. I noticed that there is a trademark on Danny Phantom. So I was curious if I could use the name Danny Phantom and attach Musical to it, while also using the likeliness of characters in the... Read more »
The biggest thing that you have to worry about is probably copyright because you would be making a derivative work by making a musical. Viacom has the registration for the show, and when you adapt and derive content from one medium into another, you need a license from the respective owner(s)....Read more »
I own a small two-person photography / videography business. One of my clients is a car dealership that has the brands Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. I’ve taken photographs weekly for them for years and am looking to see if I can legally sell prints of these vehicles. I’m afraid... Read more »
Interesting question. The situation you describe has copyright and trademark implications. Because the cars have insignias and other marks on them, in addition to their overall look, the trademark owners likely would not like the public to think they authorized you to take the photos. Similarly,...Read more »
Once you "fix" a work, meaning making it perceivable by others, the rights of copyright immediately attach. So that part is covered. But in order to ease enforcement of those rights, it is wise to register the copyright with the Copyright Office. The Copyright Office's website...Read more »
Hi, I live in Missouri and have a rental business. Every month I have to go through 1-4 evictions. Most judgments I get are never paid. This is an ongoing issue. To make things easier, I have created a spreadsheet that fills out forms for Rent and Possession, Unlawful Detainers and Garnishment... Read more »
Rent and Possession petitions and Unlawful Detainer petitions need not be filed using the forms made available by the Missouri judiciary or your local circuit court. I am not certain but believe that the garnishment forms on the available at https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=103116 and your...Read more »
You may be able to register the name as a trademark if it is not being used by anyone else for a similar business. A trademark attorney can help you determine if anyone else has trademark rights that may conflict with your ability to register the name as a trademark.
I am an artist wishing to sell posters with quotes from Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations". However, I would like to use the wording from a translation published in 2003. Is it legal for me to do this without compensating the publisher or translator?
Yes, you need an attorney. The laws regarding piracy are very much in favor of the owner of the intellectual property rights. Moreover, in most piracy cases, if you are found liable, you can be obligated to pay the attorneys fees of the IP owner, which can easily run into tens of thousands of...Read more »
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