We've tried contacting a patent-company, asking their lawyer for advice. He did not give us the information we wanted. We've also tried looking all over the internet.
As you know most of these web sites has not paid for the rights and they have not legal protection for them
In most cases they have paid anything and the terms described are useless
My advice, as an spanish attorney I am, place where clever people do it usually, go to the closer copy right register agency and ask to protect the images
As you got it, nobody could deny you the use, and even you could deny the use to them as long as they probably has paid anithing to do it
Thank you and sorry for my english
We cannot get copyright on the images since we haven't created them and we have absolutely no idea who has created them. The issue here is whether they have been spread so much we can use them or not...
In order to get the legal protection the important thing its to be the first asking for it, not to be the creator because as you say a lot of times the real creator has no ask for it
So, if he did not and you ask for it now you can reach it over him.
The important thing is not who created it, its who ask for the protetction first
All right, my friend works at a patent-company and I couldn't protect images via them.
Here you got the official places all world arround
I hope you can reach them and get the legal protection you need from them
I told you, I've already contacted the patent-agency and they can't help us in this question. The sites you referred to answered that we could only register a trademark, not protect each individual image (104 in total) that we've used in our game. I think you misinterpreted our situation, let me clarify:We are not looking for the rights of these images, ergo we don't want others to not be able to use them. We just want to use them ourselves without risking a lawsuit. We tried applying to your websites with our deck of cards as a whole, and not each individual image, but they told us we can't protect copyright-protected images.
Well sir, if the companies have told you that they can not do it I am sorry to say that I have not an answer for your question
I hope another expert could answer you, the question will be open in order somebody else could help you
Relist: Inaccurate answer.It would be lovely if you could answer this question, especially the part concerning whether we can be sued for more than we've earned on this concept or not.
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