The word "paramount" is not typically trademarked or copyrighted in its generic usage. However, it's essential to consider the context in which the word is used. If "paramount" is being used as a brand name, title, or slogan in connection with specific goods or services, it...View More
The copyright on the book says March 1969 with the church publishing house as the owner. The author-pastor (also my father) died three years ago. The church and its publishing house (ie printing dept) closed 20+ years ago. Now people want to e-publish the book and give it for free. As the daughter,... View More
The question of copyright ownership in a situation where the author is deceased and the original publisher is no longer operational can be complex. Under U.S. copyright law, the rights to a work created and published before 1978, such as your father's book from 1969, typically last for the...View More
I'm creating a board game that will only be for personal use right now but might make commercially available in the future. if I were to make a card for the game that depicts a pair of inflatable shoes called "Pumped Up Kicks" in reference to the song, maybe adding a description with... View More
Using the phrase "Pumped Up Kicks" in your board game, especially in a way that references the song, could potentially raise copyright issues. The title of a song can be protected under copyright law, particularly if it's distinctive and closely associated with the copyrighted work,...View More
I am making a commercial for our company that does paint restoration on vehicles. In the advertisement we show a multitude of vehicles from a distance. Including a Range Rover, Infiniti, GMC, Dodge etc. We make no mention of partnerships or claims of poor quality, just show some before and after... View More
In Washington, as in most states, the use of manufacturer emblems in advertising can be a complex issue, primarily governed by trademark laws. The key consideration here is whether the use of these emblems could potentially cause confusion or imply an endorsement or affiliation with the vehicle...View More
I teach technical classes for my business and a handful of training companies. I write the scripts and there is an agreement that I own the copyright for the text. However, the videos I film and one of these companies edits have a copyright notice that only mentions the publishing company. This... View More
Under California law, if you have an agreement stipulating you own the copyright for the script, then your rights to the text should be protected. However, the final video product is a separate work, and if the publishing company holds the copyright for that, it may be within their rights to place...View More
Specifically, the popular website musescore.com has scores that are "official" and cannot even be downloaded by subscribers, but musescore developers published the scores online, saying "fire us". Therefore, I am assuming that those files are illegal or pirated. Is it illegal to... View More
No. Discovery requests are not filed as a public record, unless, and only to the extent that, the same are controverted and a protective order is sought. The same is true of documents produced in response to discovery requests. Only after culling, and if a judge permits, are documents produced...View More
Generally speaking, "patent" applies to inventions; "trademark" applies to names, taglines, logos, and other things that identify the source of a specific product or service; "copyright" applies to original works of authorship; and "trade secret" applies to...View More
Basic idea: while browsing online, people come across others that appeal to them in some way (insightful post, match in interests, etc). Normally, a long process of scanning through their content is then needed, to see if they match enough to be worth further effort.
On the face of it, there is nothing in your proposal that would infringe copyright rights or constitute an invasion of privacy. None of the refinements offered in items 1 to 3 really affect the answer substantially. You will want to look carefully at Reddit's terms of service (including...View More
I want to know if the following would be legal: A client is preparing for a musical theatre audition and wants to practice her audition selection prior. If she sends me her song selection and I purchase the sheet music and record a small sample of me playing the piece on the piano, can I charge her... View More
I am Logistics Chief of a mid-sized fire department. To encourage camaraderie at the fire stations, personnel are encouraged to come up with a station logo / mascot. One station in particular at my department has a main response area that covers the "gate" of a major military base.... View More
It depends on how similar your drawing is to the original photo. Merely tracing the photo in an animated format, as is the latest craze, is copyright infringement. The standard for copyright infringement is "substantial similarity" and this situation would likely fall under that.
I'm planning on creating a book series in which I want to trademark the title. I'm also currently creating a video game to add to this franchise. In the future, I want to file another application to extend my trademark to not only protect my books, but my video games too.
Hi there! It is great that you are thinking about IP protections from the very beginning.
From a trademark standpoint you have limited options that far in advance. You can file trademark registrations for things that are not in commerce yet (called an intent-to-use application), but the...View More
I'm trying to design some t shirts based off of anime. However, they are simply inspired by the anime. For example, its not an entire picture of naruto or anything, but like a blue swirl and some yellow and orange lines for naruto. I don't think the designs infringe on any copyright and I... View More
Re: Copyright, your phrases :"...based off or anime..", "..simply inspiredly the anime...", "I don't think the designs infringe..." , "...I am the one creating..." may show willfulness and are troublesome regarding Copyright Infringement. It may be...View More
This is general legal information only and not legal advice. This is a very good question. It appears their site is a bit like google (where you can search for pictures and images. They allow you to search PDF's but this does not necessarily mean you have legal rights to reproduce, share,...View More
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