A customer asked me to plant ten trees in her yard. My worker planted the wrong kind of trees. The customer saw it after the third tree but remained silent. After planting all the trees, she demanded to get rid of the wrong trees and plant the right ones at a 25% discount. Another offer she had is... Read more »
You should speak to a lawyer because ALL details and fine points matter for a correct analysis. Generally, the parties are bound by the terms of the agreement. If the customer wants to modify (renegotiate) the agreement it can be done only per the terms of the agreement and with the other...Read more »
You will have to research whether the current owner of the Captain America trademark owns the rights in similar service or product classes to your proposed use to promote tourism. Whether you will be sued for infringement will then depend on whether your uses interfere with the rights owner in...Read more »
No, attribution is not a defense to copyright infringement. Fair use might be a defense. Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act provides for certain cases where permission from the rights holder is not required. Courts assess whether the "fair use" defense applies based on four factors:...Read more »
If I have uploaded a design on a file-sharing website under a Creative Commons non-commercial license, and somebody uses it uncredited for a commercial purpose. If the site refuses to take it down, what recourse do I have?
If your copyright is unregistered, you can only file a lawsuit where you will have to prove damages such as lost profits. The better move is to register your copyright with the USPTO. Then you will have access to statutory damages (only requiring proof of infringement) of anywhere between 750 and...Read more »
Selling my cookie I invented in stores without paying me. They also didn’t let me name it and are asking customers online to compete in naming the cookie and winner gets creator rights on the cookie. I was basically thrown to the side after I made them a delicious cookie they liked and they... Read more »
If you were an independent contractor as opposed to an employee, the work for hire doctrine wouldn’t apply absent a signed writing to that effect executed by both parties to the contract. However, whether you would be considered an “employee” for the purposes of copyright law is not as simple...Read more »
If you have drafts of the story which precede the drafts in the possession of whoever you are alleging claimed authorship. And you can lay a foundation for the authenticity of this evidence regarding the date it was created, then yes, possibly. Copyright in a work vests from the moment the work was...Read more »
You will likely be subject to a copyright infringement and/or counterfeit account ban and because you seem to have no licensing documents from the rights owners. Because you are apparently doing this knowingly, you will likely be permanently banned from these platforms without much of a chance of a...Read more »
This question is for a trademark and copyright lawyer, as they are specially qualified and licensed to opine on it. However, generally speaking from my experience, if the use is not for profit or to promote you or your business, but rather, educational as a reference for your student, it does not...Read more »
If the design is a registered copyright, you may be able to find contact info within the US Copyright Office. If the design is a registered trademark, you may be able to find contact info within the US Patent and Trademark Office. If there's not any registration for the design you would need...Read more »
Hello, I’m an independent artist and recently had my business page on Facebook shut down by Cartier for trademark infringement. I purchased a leather card holder from them, painted a design on it and sold it with my artwork. My sales post stated it was custom painted as well as on my website. My... Read more »
in my opinion you have assessed your case good and from information you have provided it seems like the exhaustion of trademark rights should apply in this case and therefore no trademark infringement shall be involved. However to answer you with more certainty, I would need...Read more »
As long as you are uploading materials that are entirely yours, this means, that all pictures, sounds, and recordings are your creation, then, you should be fine. However, if any of those materials are protected by copyright and owned by someone else, it could be copyright infringement.
It is unclear what you mean "using" the show. If you are doing a critique about the show or commenting about it, this could be considered fair use, and you would be free to write the book without doing much legal diligence. On the other hand, fair use requires more information and...Read more »
A d/b/a (doing business as) is simply an alternative trade name for a business. Different states have registration requirements for DBA's. A trademark protection or copyright protection are an entirely different issue. There is a process underlying the registration of a trademark or a...Read more »
I do not see a patent issue here. Your list of legal topics did not include trademarks which is most likely the form of intellectual property that you should consider. For purposes of providing an introduction to vocabulary and not as a source of legal advice -- you could start with...Read more »
Hello. I had some custom skins for planes made for my flight simulator. Half of the plane is black with a red outline at the end. Turns out a "company" that runs a virtual airline that has a copyright on their paint design in the flight simulator has kind of the same design, half of the... Read more »
Hi, I received a email saying that one of the images I used on my blog was copyrighted and I have to pay 1400 to avoid legal action. But the email seems suspicious Am i obligated to pay? What legal action would I face if I ignored it ?
These letters can be legit despite them sometimes looking like spam or a scam. You should have a photo infringement law firm look the letter over. Before we ever advise our clients to pay we like to look at the whole situation such as (1) who is sending the letter (2) do they have the legal...Read more »
I could give you a better answer if I had some additional information. For now, I will assume that the thing you are selling on eBay is the product of another company. For the sake of discussion, I will assume that company is Nike. If you are selling something with the Nike Swoosh on it, you cannot...Read more »
It would be used for a printing company name, not an automobile name. My assumption is it can't be copyrighted or reserved as a general word since it is a type of ship of war in common parlance. Thank you,
Your question remains open under the Business Law/Formation categories. At this point, you could try reposting and adding the following categories - Trademarks, Copyrights, Intellectual Property. "Copyright" is in the main menu. You'll see "Trademarks" and...Read more »
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