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I have a two-part question concerning copyright and

HiI have a two-part question concerning copyright and co-writer disagreement.Part One:I co-wrote a song a few years ago that was recently recorded by a well-known artist. I wrote the music and my co-writer wrote the lyrics. I also registered and obtained a copyright for the music I wrote back then soon after writing it.A record company released this song on the artist's album a month ago without prior mechanical license request from me.I found out a month before the release by my co-writer texting me the news that the song was being released. However, the record company never contacted me.Out of curiosity, I purchased the CD to read the credits and found that the song I co-wrote was listed as being written by the artist and my co-writer but no mention of myself in the credits. In fact all the songs had the artist as a co-writer. I actually know most of the other writers and know that this is incorrect information. This artist doesn't write songs or play an instrument at all.I contacted the record company to inquire about it and they told me that the artist never told them anything about my input in the project. I didn't hear anymore from the company for a few days so I reached out to them again and I was told they were trying to get in touch with the artist without any success.When I mentioned that I'd written the song with my co-writer and that I'd copy-written the music a long time ago they quickly offered to send me a mechanical license request form, which they did by email.I read and signed the license claiming 50% for my music as part of the song and sent it back to the company.Part TwoI then suddenly started getting texted by my co-writer's husband who is not an experienced writer, stating that he felt I was asking for too much by asking for 50% having only written the music. This began a back and forth between he and myself arguing this point for a while and ending up in disagreement with him stating the most they would offer me was 25%.I found this to be very strange since I had written music for this co-writer on a past project (for the same artist) and there was no problem with my receiving 50%. That's the standard that I always offer when I co-write with another writer.In the interim I received another mechanical license request from the record company as the one I'd previously signed had some typos and I guess they needed a new one but this time I did not sign it thinking I had better get some advise on this whole situation before proceeding any further.Anyway, all that being said, I was wondering what my options were in a case like this and what would your recommendations be?Thank you.

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A photograph of my daughter taken by a friend was stolen

a photograph of my daughter taken by a friend was stolen from Facebook and has since downloaded 1000s of times including as wallpaper with keywords "sexy girl" (disturbing!) It appears on dozens of pages of Google reverse image search. Does she and/or her friend who took the photo (who didn't submit the photo except on personal Facebook page) have any recourse?

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How to respond to this new exchange: Robert. This is the

how to respond to this new exchange:Hey Robert. This is the back and forth today in response to the e-mail I sent you to review. He wants me to send him that e-mail for them being "flexible" with the usage fee. So he wants me to give him evidence he can use against someone else in exchange for him being "flexible". So that could me a dollar off! Here is the back and forth. What should I do you think?(His e-mail to me)This email confirms that if you are able to verify that XXXXXX replied as you said he did, that we would be willing to be flexible with the usage fee.Thank you,(My Response to him)Dear XXXXXXCould you drop any action against me and the LLC altogether? I really did try to do the right thing. I would of course greatly appreciate it. I could have it to you by Monday.(His response back to me)No. To be quite frank, my request was customary and should not have been met with so much resistance. You asked me to provide assurances before you send the emails, I did so. Now you are asking for added conditions. Your consistent and unreasonable reluctance to provide me those emails leads me to question their existence (or at least your characterization of them).If you want this matter settled amicably and for a discounted amount, then send me the emails in your next correspondence for my review (or state that they do not exist).All rights and remedies continue to remain reserved, including the right to proceed with litigation if you continue to obstruct reasonable resolution in this matter.Sincerely,Just FYI, since it's free I posted a new question regarding this situation online to get opinions on it. The attorney who responded recommended I just give him the e-mail since if he sues he will see it anyway. He also believes that with that e-mail that they really don't have a case, so he said give it to him and if they want a small amount of money to go away to give it to them. Otherwise no. So he suggests just letting him see it. I am 100% certain he is going to still want $3000 or so which I'm not going to give him. Would you give him the e-mail after the above exchange?

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I am an artist. I was going to do a mural for an

I am an artist. I was going to do a mural for an organization in Washington D.C. I asked for a deposit, but the client said they wanted to see my ideas first and I would certainly be compensated- I have this all in emails. I had to back out of the project, but asked that they not use the design images i had put together for the mural. These were designs i completely designed.This was in 2012. Yesterday, Aug 15, 2016, I found an image online of their building. They 100% used my exact design for the finished mural. What can I do? Is it too late to pursue this? I have all the documentation proving it is my design

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I am an illustrator who specializes in portraits of

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If I refer to an app that can be obtained for free through iTunes, and in the terms of agreement with the app it states the following, "You may not post, modify or distribute any copywritten material", am I violating this in some way by giving out the link to where they can obtain it through iTunes?

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Need advice on whether it is possible to re-write articles

Need advice on whether it is possible to re-write articles so that the little stories have the same meaning but the rewrites use different words so as to not contravene copyright.My partner, in conjunction with her previous husband (now divorced), created a new-age wild-life card set of animals with an accompanying little booklet that explained the card chosen, but due to an acrimonious divorce the husband had all the copyright for the project put in his name which my partner didn't contest because she was just ground down by proceedings and just wanted to get away from him and on with her life.The ex-husband has since pulled all the card sets off the market and is not selling any anymore, and refuses any requests made to him to start up sales again sharing the proceeds.My partner put an enormous amount of work and time into the creation of the project and has since sort legal advice from non-ip solicitors locally, they say since he holds copyright she cannot just start up reselling them but she may be able to redo everything to have the same meaning but use different wording and different artwork.Is this a possibility, to rewrite the wording and images, so it doesn't contravene copyright?Is there a foolproof way of doing this that can't be contested?

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