My post disappeared. OK I run 2 websites, GemologyOnline:
My post disappeared. OK I run 2 websites, GemologyOnline: http://www.gemologyonline.com/Forum/phpBB2/index.php and the GemologyProject.: www.gemologyproject.com . These are non-profit sites for gem and lapidary enthusiasts to share information. For several year a stone cutter and photographer has been posting his items on these sites for the purpose of self promotion. Now he apparently wants to go in another direction and is claiming all the photos and diagrams and information he posted is a violation of copyright. He was the one who posted everything. He has complained to my ISP, who have blocked the pages and also to Firefox, who are posting that my site is insecure and stealing people proprietary designs and information.
I'm trying to publish a free to play game. The setting is
I'm trying to publish a free to play game. The setting is the soviet union. For atmosphere and authenticity I would like to use soviet music (post 1942). There is however a problem with copyright.From what I can tell music created specifically for soviet films is a gray area. For instance, from what I can tell, all soviet film music created for the film is available on youtube without ads and without copyright/auto copyright. However music created for non-film reasons usually belongs to Danmark Music Group or some other company. My question is can I use music created for soviet films without fear of a copyright?
I have a question about fictional town names that I want to
Hello,I have a question about fictional town names that I want to use in original designs I am making for t-shirts that are going to be sold.I have been looking into copyright laws, trademark laws, and whatever else I could find on line. I know this does not make it legal, but I have seen a ton of other small t-shirt clothing stores selling things exactly like this.More about the town names. In the movie Back To The Future there is a fictional town called "Hill Valley" and in the tv series Stranger Things there is a fictional town called "Hawkins."I want to use them in my original designs I create. I am not going to be referencing the movie or show at all in anyway (font, characters, events, etc.) except for use of the fictional town name. Example say I use Hill Valley. I want to make a shirt that says "Hill Valley Race Club" or "Hill Valley Boat Club" or something a long those lines with my original design of a race car or boat. In the movie there is no Race Club or Boat Club. I made them up a long with my original designs. Like is said before they are never mentioned in the movie, they do NOT exist at all in the movie. All I want to do is use the fictional town name to go with my design.Would it be ok to use the fictional name in the way I stated above?Thank you.
If I google an image such as 'females screaming' and want to
Hi, if I google an image such as 'females screaming' and want to photoshop a face into an illustration I am working on for a book to be published:Can I do this? (there is no copyright or TM notice on the photo)2. I am using just a portion, does this matter?3. Could I even use the entire photo if I wanted?4. If yes, I understand others may be able to use mine, but that is OK with me.Basically the question is, if you Google something and go to images, are these usable by me? thanksThanks
Can I ask for proof of copyright ownership from another man?
A company has accused me of copyright infringement. We both sell a replica of a challenge coin used by an Air Force supply squadron in Korea. The squadron was stationed there during the 50's, not sure if they were there any other time. There is very little info about them. I sell mainly on an auction site. They took down my ads when he claimed copyright infringement. I called the manufacturer and they said someone sent them a picture of the original challenge coin, and had them make 50. This was 2013. They said they did not hear anymore from him, so they put it in their online catalog for anyone to buy. They said that it was not him and they do not believe he owns the copyright to it, or the person who sent the photos to them in 2013, because they included a picture and not drawings. The manufacturer claims he orders from their online catalog, the same as I do. The gentleman owns several copyrights he took out in 2014. But the descriptions that could be for this coin, are very vague and you cannot tell what the copyright is for. I do not believe anyone knows the original creator of this coin, or if it was first made in the US or Korea. I have sent him an email, asking for proof of copyright ownership and also left a voice mail message for him to return my call. So far I have gotten no response. Is he required to tell me the copyright number if I ask him? Is it possible for him to have a legit copyright if he did not know who produced it in the first place? It says he is the author. Also, why would he allow the manufacturer to have it in their online catalog to sell to anyone? What are my options? I have not talked to a local attorney.
Copyright Question: My design team created a cool gradient
Copyright Question: My design team created a cool gradient blue cloud with detailed worried eyes and the clouds mouth looks zipped close with the words "There is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer." In a high-tech font Underneath the cloud.Well a guy had previously copyrighted a stick figure cloud with a stick figure worried expression, a zipped closed mouth. The words "There is NO cloud it's just someone else's computer" in a plain font underneath it.My question is, does that mean I can't sell my design on t-shirts just because he now has a copyright on his design? Even though my design is way different?
If I have a copyright on something and is has been self-made
If I have a copyright on something and is has been self-made and placed and given out to people over the years but not manufactured for sale is the copyright still good?JA: Do you have a registration record?Customer: Yes.JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: Not yet.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: It is a board game I have been playing and developeing with people for years and my son found it on sale on e-bay.
I've bought a manual betting prediction system which in its
I've bought a manual betting prediction system which in its manual form is very time consuming to apply. So I've paid a friend to automate the system by coding it as a software programIt is my intention to sell the system predictions through a website (just the predictions not the system nor the software). What, if any copyright infringements am I likely to invoke?Regards ***** *****
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.