Oklahoma Copyright Questions & Answers

Q: Is it legal for me to submit an email conversation, that occurred between two other parties, in a request to produce?

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Criminal Law and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017
Pete David Louden's answer
Show the documents to your attorney. After looking at what you have, they will be able to tell you if the emails are responsive to the discovery question.

Q: I am having a logo created for a startup company and I find a image on google that I want it to look exactly like...

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Oklahoma on
Answered on Aug 10, 2017
Will Blackton's answer
It is not legally permissible to have someone recreate an image exactly or copy an image directly to use for your logo. Contact the artist who created the image that you want to use and see if you can purchase the rights to use that image for your logo.

Q: Does copyright infringement apply to lyrics if they are translated into a different language and altered mostly?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oklahoma on
Answered on Aug 8, 2017
Benton R Patterson III's answer
You have likely created a derivative work, a work that is based on one or more previous works. The copyright owner has the exclusive right to prepare derivative works. By doing so, you likely infringe the songwriter's copyright.

Q: Is it legal to 3D Model off a patent?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Oklahoma on
Answered on Aug 4, 2017
Peter D. Mlynek's answer
If a patent is expired, then whatever is in the patent is generally considered in public domain, meaning, that anyone should be able to use it. There may be some weird exception to this, but that is the whole idea behind patents: the inventor discloses the invention to the society, and return the society lets him go after infringers for a limited time. Once the time expires, it belongs to the society.

However, you do need to be careful, though: there may be other patents out there....

Q: Can a company publish my article in their yearly publication after firing me, without crediting me or permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Employment Law and Communications Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Feb 22, 2017
Will Blackton's answer
I'm only going to address the portion of your question relating to copyright law, that is: can your former employer legally publish your article without crediting you? Yes, almost certainly.

This is known as "work for hire." In the case of a work made for hire, copyright law provides that the author of the work is not the person whose individual creative efforts produced the work, but the party that employed or commissioned that person. As the author of the work made for hire, the...

Q: Copyright Infringement. I am an Etsy seller, I was contacted by another shop claiming to own a copyright.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oklahoma on
Answered on Mar 3, 2016
Mr. Michael O. Stevens' answer
First, she would have to have already registered the work. You might ask her for a copy of the registration so you can see how close it is. Likely she has not registered, but if she has, then sit down with a local copyright attorney to examine how close the works are.

Q: Can i get sued for downloading a torrent file?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oklahoma on
Answered on Apr 22, 2011
Vincent Thomas Lyon's answer
Short answer is yes.

In the past, MPAA has gone after people who host torrents because they are easier to find and sue, but there's nothing in the law preventing them from suing the downloaders as well.

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