You have rights but your damages depend on whether you registered the songs with the US Copyright office prior to their unauthorized publication. In any event, a cease and desist letter and demand for damages will Be your First course of action. If you would like assistance with this feel free to...Read more »
One can commit trademark infringement if there is use of a mark where: (a) the mark is the same as -- or similar to -- another mark; and (b) that use will cause likelihood of confusion to a potential consumer, that both marks are indicating a common source of the goods/services.
Generally speaking, copyright does not protect an idea, it protects the expression of the idea in a tangible medium. For example, a published book or written story would be protected by copyright but not the idea for the story.
Using another company's logo may expose you to a claim of infringement, since it may cause customer confusion regarding the source of your products. It may also create the impression that the brand is either affiliated with your company or endorses your company. If you need to mention the...Read more »
I believe there is an official "Black Lives Matter" group. See: https://blacklivesmatter.com/contact/ There are also a number of applications pending with the USPTO that could be relevant. Check with the BLM group about the best way to proceed with your idea.
The key standard for trademark law is the likelihood that consumers will be confused about who the product is coming from. Often, multiple companies with the same name can coexist because they are in different sectors. In other words, people aren't likely to think Apple got into the business...Read more »
I worked as a 1099 Photographer with no contract or agreement for a company in NC. I was wrongfully let go (They are now claiming was a mistake), but my images are still being used for marketing and promotions even after I asked for a cease and desist. After a long wait, the companies legal... Read more »
If you're merely trying to protect the design on the shirt, then you'll want to register it for copyright with the US Copyright office. If however, the design is actually the name of your brand, then you'll want to register that brand name for trademark.
DaVINCI EDITRICE S.R.L., VS. ZIKO GAMES, LLC, et al., in CIVIL ACTION NO. H-13-3415 cited a card game's mechanics aren't protected, I'm looking - quite literally - to copy a card game (as the defendant in the cited case) that is no longer in production by reskinning the game and... Read more »
It isn't clear what the question is, but if you're wondering what you should do as a result of experiencing back pain after an accident, a first step could be to contact an accident attorney in North Carolina. Many give free initial consultations. Based on how the accident took place and...Read more »
Creating a website that creates profit, however, I want to know if I'm able to use song titles without any of their physical content (for example without their lyrics or digital media). I only need the titles.
My photograph will only be viewed by the illustrator so they are able to create their own artwork based off the image and then sell their artwork, so I'm not sure if I would charge a licensing fee (and how to go about configuring that) or charge royalty fees. I'm having trouble... Read more »
As the creator of the work, and therefore the owner of the copyright (assuming you have not otherwise transferred the copyright or made the work as a work-for-hire), you have the exclusive right, among other rights, to create derivative works. An illustrator who creates illustrations from your...Read more »
They are just old ad posters that were stapled to telephone poles and buildings every week promoting the show and then torn down and replaced. The old ones were thrown in the trash. The company that printed them has been out of business for over 40 years. Do I need permission to make some copies of... Read more »
If you want to avoid any legal liability for copyright infringement, yes - you need permission to reproduce those posters. The printing company is probably not the party that needs to grant permission, unless they also created the posters. The artist who created the posters, assuming the artist...Read more »
This website and web service would allow users to upload their screenshots from video games and share it with their friends. There is more to it, but as far as legal, would it be copyright or other IP conflicts if users screenshot their own in-game experience and upload it to the site and share it.... Read more »
If you're going to allow users to post potentially infringing material, you should become familiar with the DMCA takedown process and register a DMCA takedown agent with the U.S. Copyright Office. Qualifying for the DMCA safe harbor would shift the concerns of copyright infringement from you...Read more »
My teaching materials are my original ideas & design using concepts from a research group who shared them freely. My former partner is angry that I took his name & company name off my materials when we broke up. I re-named everything I created and credited him where he actually made a... Read more »
Creative works receive copyright protection from the moment they are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. "Sending yourself materials through the mail to get copyright protection" is a myth that does not affect your copyright protection at all. Creative works receive more robust...Read more »
I live in NC, the website is maintained in FL. A falling out led to removal of work. I want to ensure copyright to my own writing and prevent further use of it on the site in the future, but do not know if I have ownership of copyright due to the nature of the "publishing"/posting on the... Read more »
Works are copyrighted to producer of the work. So in this case, the removed work is still under your copyright. However, one has to look for two issues which might have transferred the copyright. If you perform a "work-for-hire" for a company, another person, etc. then although you...Read more »
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