I created a logo for a small business and we did not sign any documents stating that he could use that logo anywhere or to create products. It was agreed that if he needed any products like cards or advertising materials or uniforms that he would order them through me. We did do that on a couple... View More
Under California law, the absence of a written agreement typically means that the creator of the logo retains the copyright, notwithstanding its use by the company for specific, agreed-upon purposes. Since there was an oral agreement that the company would order products like business cards and...View More
I have an Etsy shop called Jean Genie vintage Co. There are others using a name similar in other states: Jean Genim Denim, the Jean Genie, and then another Jean Genie Classics (on Etsy and actually from my same town).
I’m wanting to get an LLC to protect my business. But I don’t want... View More
The name "Jean Genie Vintage" may be trademarked by David Bowie's estate, so you will need to determine whether the name is trademarked and contact the trademark holder to see if they would be willing to allow you to use the name. You will also need to consider whether the name is...View More
If a book is in the public domain, it means that its copyright has expired, and it can be freely used, copied, and distributed by anyone. However, if another publisher has republished the book, they may have added their own copyright or trademark to the work, such as an introduction or notes. In...View More
it depends on type of game you are going to create and make business with. If its board game or PC/console game, different type of strategies of legal protection can be applied. Therefore I would need more details to advice you better and more precisely on this.
I make my own baby blanket designs by assembling pre-licensed clipart in a particular fashion of my own style, also adding my own elements and embellishments. Some of these blanket designs have become very popular on Amazon and I've had some trouble with people copying me, so I registered my... View More
This is not legal advice, but an informal glance at U.S. Trademark Office records suggests that there are over 100 pending applications or active registrations using the phrase "BE KIND" as a mark or as part of a mark.
Numerous factors are considered in determining whether a mark...View More
What you are talking about is creating a derivative work that you can then copyright. You can only do that if it is not substantially similar to the existing work. What you propose here is not enough to pass that test. Here is a helpful resource from the copyright office so you can see what I mean:...View More
You could, however, you should be aware that you're only copyrighting the expression of the ideas, not the underlying ideas themselves. Also, 17 U.S.C. Section 110 and the TEACH Act provides some pretty robust defenses for the use of copyrighted material in the realm of education. This may...View More
I teach Graphic Design. Students and I create/take pictures for school, district and community. I would like to get the students credit for their work. Can I apply for a trademark or copyright that represents the entire program?
For graphic design work, your best bet is to apply for copyright protection under the visual arts category. The application process may be a bit intimidating the first time, but only costs $55 for a standard electronic application. One application can cover thousands of works of UNPUBLISHED work...View More
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