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Q: I have a more detailed question in regards to legalities to copyrighted photo use.

I'm involved with a company that has a large community of 41,000 members on a social site. The original founder Janet has passed away recently, and someone named Melissa who is involved with a person named Dave who would take photographs specifically for the social page has threatened to sue us if... Read more »

Griffin Klema answered on Dec 26, 2018

This is a difficult situation. The start of the analysis is that the original photographer owns the copyright unless transferred by agreement to someone else. Based on the facts you provide, there might be an implied contract between the photographer and the group, either by the conduct of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property, Trademark, Business Formation and Copyright for Montana on

Q: What are some ways I can check on the legal rights I have to a potential name for a developing small business?

I am interested in starting a freelance writing business. I recently learned that before I can proceed with the name I will need to confirm that the name is not at all infringing on any copyright laws. I am pretty new to this stuff and I'd really appreciate some advice for how to go about finding... Read more »

Will Blackton answered on Dec 8, 2017

Short phrases and names are generally not protected by copyright law. What you're probably thinking of is trademark infringement - the key question being, will your name confuse consumers, that is, might consumers believe that your company is affiliated with or endorsed by E. B. White, Harper &... Read more »

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