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I'm currently compiling a textbook for a course I'm involved

I'm currently compiling a textbook for a course I'm involved with. In this discipline there are a number of textbooks released under Creative Commons (both CC-By and CC-BY-SA). I plan to use chapters from those books in my book.I plan to release my textbook as a commercial product with a cus***** *****cense. But, will specifically note any content or chapter that is form a CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license is still released under that license.My question is, if I am creating a textbook that has a few chapters from me, but is mostly comprised of CC-BY and CC-BY-SA content, can I still offer it only for sale? Do I have to provide any of it for free under these licenses/requests? Is it ok as long as I am noting which chapters are CC and can still be used/modified/edited after the user purchases the textbook?(Important note: None of the content is CC-NC in anyway. It all can be used commercially, I just want to ensure I can charge people for content collections that are mostly CC since they are paying for the collection, formatting, editing and non-CC content).

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I am writing a book on contemporary flatware/cutlery (from

I am writing a book on contemporary flatware/cutlery (from c. 1900-2015) to be published by Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, England. It is a survey of how everything associated with flatware/cutlery has changed--who designs it, how it is designed, how it is made, what it is made of, etc. The book will have about 800 photos of flatware/cutlery. All photos are to be made by my photographer. All the material was/is available on the open market for purchase. Some of it may be under copyright. Must I obtain written permission from every producer for publication of photos in the book. Thanks.

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I saw the interchange from 4 years ago entitled "My father

I saw the interchange from 4 years ago entitled "My father wrote a book published back in 1958..." We are a home schooling family that is trying to bring out of print books back into print. We are just just starting out. We are trying to republish books that the major publishing houses have determined are no longer worth publishing. I have used the Stanford database to see if the rights have been renewed on several of these works. I have looked for obituariesto see who are the next of kin since most of the authors are deceased. I am more than willing to pay the usual 10% after expenses to the surviving heirs, but there does not seem to be a central way to see who owns the copyright. The publishers seem to be slow to respond when it comes to subrights. Any help you can offer woudl be appreciated. Since we are just starting out as a publishing house, we do not have the resources yet to hire a full time attorney.JA: Because education law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Virginia, but we have followers all over the US. The volumes we hope to republish cater to a specific genre/philosophy of homeschooling. We call them "living books". I anticipate a print on demand run of no more than 5000 books in each children's book.JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: I have a DBA. I have spoken to an attorney friend but she has no experience in copyright law.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: If I cannot find the heir or author of a book that was published in , say 1958, can I use a disclaimer that says, "If anyone has any information concerning the author or heirs, please contact us..."?JA: What confuses you?Customer: I do not understand the question.

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I just started my own LLC as sole member and I plan on

HiI just started my own LLC as sole member and I plan on selling small rubber figurines to collectors. First on ebay and eventually from a website out of my home. Later on down the line I am open for a licensing agreement, but for now it will be just me pouring the rubber figurines out of my home office and managing everything.Based on my own internet research, I have come to these conclusions...Please correct me if I'm wrong on this.To protect all aspects of my business---I have to Trademark my company name, Trademark the unique name of my product line, and also Patent the figurines even though they are simple one-piece rubber items. Am I correct on this?So for example I would need a trademark for "Company ABC", then trademark the "Little Rubber Guys" name, then patent the unique rubber look and feel of my figures? Do I have this right? All separate applications? Please let me know if I am missing anything.As most startups are, I am super tight on budget and time and I don't want to waste either.I am willing to pay for the response...Please let me know what all I would need to do because I will have to make the next move within the week after I hear back on my LLC. Thank you for your time!!

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I have a children's book I am considering. The illustrations

I have a children's book I am considering. The illustrations are personal pictures modified with filter software and the story is original. The main character however is an actual toy, specifically a Millennium Bear Beanie Baby. Do I have to get Ty's permission to do something like this, or is the image my property because of the photographs, modifications and theme?

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Re: book cover. I have written a book. The cover gets a bit

re: book cover. I have written a book. The cover gets a bit complicated. There are several metal sculptures in downtown Seattle. I took a photo of one and would love to have it be my book cover. The artist, Augusta Asberry, died before the sculpture was completed and Keith Haynes finished it. Can I use this photo for my book cover?

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I am a professional voice actor; if I want to do a free

I am a professional voice actor; if I want to do a free podcast on YouTube or iTunes.com in which I am reading children's books, do I need the authorization of each author?

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I completed a book that will be published soon and I

Good Morning! I completed a book that will be published soon and I purchased a selection of images from Adobe Stock that I included. In going through the steps to copyright my book...I got to that part about "previously registered material", and began an exhaustive search to figure out how Adobe images fit in this category, if at all. I'm still unclear. Anyway! From what I understand, my "standard license" purchase of these images is to my understanding "okay" as long as I don't sell over 500,000 copies. Is this correct? Should my book do well in sales, can I (at a later date) upgrade my image purchases to "extended license" - as in, before the 500,000 sale mark? I can't afford to do an extended license for each image in the book at this time, but I don't want to get in trouble either! Also, how do I complete this "previously registered material" in the copyright.gov registration form?

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I want to use support group, chat room, message board

I want to use support group, chat room, message board postings in a book, but will not cite where I got them or who posted them and will edit the content. Is this a copyright violation? What do I need to do to minimize any problems should someone who made the post see it in the book (very unlikely)? It's a positive book about a health issue that will help people.

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