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Please do not respond unless you are an expert in copyright

Please do not respond unless you are an expert in copyright law, (in particular to pictures posted on the internet). I make training videos for locksmith. I put one of the videos on Ebay and the pictures I used on the Ebay ad may have copyright protection. I am now being threatened with a lawsuit and need advice. I have a great deal of video that I myself have copyrighted and I have always tried to be very careful not to infringe on someone's copyright. Here is what happened....I found an article on the internet that contained a number of pictures that looked somewhat interesting. The article itself seemed to be a "fair use" article. The article stated that "Note: All the photos in this section (unless otherwise noted) are taken by and used with permission of......" Then it sites the photographer and the photographer's website. Being that the article was a "fair use" article I took it to mean that the photographer had giver "fair use" status to the pictures. The article was first published in 2009 and cites several revisions up through 2012. I used the pictures this past year in 2016. They are not rare pictures. They did not create a lot of value. It was three pictures out of 11. The auction also contained a sample video which was much more valuable in selling the video than are the 3 pictures in question. I work with hundreds of hours of video that I create and I work with thousands of pictures. Most of the pictures I take myself. The truth is that when I posted the three pictures in question (working with thumbnails pics) I did not even see the water mark copyright as it blends with the picture. Even with the pictures they included in their letter, I do not see the water mark on two of them. I have only sold a few (probably less than 10) of these videos at 29.99 and I think the $2110 they are asking for is way too much. I need advice on my legal position and the best way to handle this issue.

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Alex Reese

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I am the owner of Signs in Paintsville,. We have a local

My name is***** and I am the owner of Ward Signs in Paintsville, KY. We have a local competitor that has done work (vehicle wraps, etc.) for a customer, East Kentucky Lawn Care in which our competitor has done business with for a couple years. The customer became unsatisfied with the current work by the competitor so they brought their business to us. We duplicated the art for some projects, as well as the logo, and the competitor has had a lawyer send a threatening letter of further litigation if we didn't stop printing. We actually changed the background image used and did trace some of the artwork, but the customer has paid thousands of dollars for the work to the competitor and was under the assumption they owned the rights and could take their business elsewhere.JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: Nothing has been filed and local attorneys that I have spoken with aren't sure.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: We have an upcoming job from another customer that wants to use us and I have the art available to use for their cars and have them scheduled for Friday. The wrench in this is that the competitor has used a duplicate of artwork derived from another Sheriff Dept. from an image brought to them that they duplicated.

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Alex, I have a website at which I sell t-shirts, bags, and

Alex,JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: I have a website at which I sell t-shirts, bags, and coffee mugs (etc) with slogans related to the hiking niche (website: hikerhangout.com). If I use a slogan which rhymes with (but is not the same as) a song lyric from an 90's rap song, can I be charged with copyright infringement?JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: No.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No.

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nyclawyer

Attorney

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There are people, who slipped my findings (in plasma

There are people, who slipped my findings (in plasma research) in their work and got benefited from it publishing fundamental work (group A). Other groups (group B), who I have also talked and said that my physics was important in their Government funded models, included major finding of my work in their numerical works and when I complained, now I see that they are referencing the work of people from group A.Both these groups get money from NASA, NSF, etc., i.e. Governmental Sources. Most of my work was done on my own time, and despite numerous attempts - I never got funded (well, money was going to those thieves) and now the situation is like in my letter to Senate and Congress Committee:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-sent-us-senators-members-committee-science-kaghashvili-phd-?trk=mp-reader-cardSo, my question is what can I do legally? There are many groups who I talked and all of them thought that they took nothing important from me, as one Professor wrote to me:"My apologies if we omitted your reference — can you send me the citation info? (I saw the hyperlink to linked-in in your message, but I'm looking for the bibliographic citation, something I can put in future papers.) Our model is super-simple — we neglect density fluctuations and background-density variations perpendicular to the background field, as well as all compressive fluctuations and kinetic effects. This may be why we are not including the waves you're describing. I saw that you wrote to Bart and me as well separately, but the same comment about the super-simple model (no density fluctuations or compressions) applies there as well."Both groups knew my work, their work includes my important findings, and I am not sure NASA, NSF (I wrote them several times), or other funding agency will easily confess that they made mistakes form 7-8 years now.All these research was done on my own time, while having a day-job on Gov. project hoping that one of my grants might be awarded since 2007!? I spent many hours of my family time, twice were very close for family of four to be separated because my spouse felt, and I agree with her, that I was spending too much family time on that. But now I know that I never had a chance, people I spoke since 2008-2009 (Univ. Professors, high-ranked NASA scientist, etc.) were taking my major finding and including in the work, and then they were rewarding even more, etc.So, what is that I can do?

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montysimmons

Owner Simmons Patents

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Information about the I.T Production, LLC copyright

Information about the I.T Production, LLC copyright infringement.JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: Letter from Comcast , Ref: I.T. Production, LLC v. DOES I - 20JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: No and I don't know.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I haven't a clue.

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Gerald-Esquire

Juris Doctor

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I have a new product I'm working on, I build products for a

I have a new product I'm working on, I build products for a living at www.creatibly.com and need advisement on this new product.JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: The concept of the brand is to make Pop Art cat and dog toys with a reasonable likeness to pop culture figures. If you have a look at the attached sketch I've developed a character “Hairy Pawter,” a mouse dressed up as a wizard. I'm also thinking of other characters like Pawnold Dump, Bustin Jiebers, etc.JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I think this is it, I just need to know whether I should proceed with the product line or not

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Gerald-Esquire

Juris Doctor

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There is a strategy game called "Twixt", popular in the

There is a strategy game called "Twixt", popular in the 1970s, which has been out of print for over 20 years. The original creator died in 2004, and Hasbro let the Trademark expire in 2005. I want to bring the game back on a Kickstarter campaign. I filed a Trademark application with USPTO last week. Assuming they approve my Trademark, I have a question regarding copyrights. I know the text of the instructions needs to be rewritten completely, changing terminology, etc. But the board itself is unique. It is basically a plastic peg board with plastic fence posts to build a "yuge wall" to the other side. Please see the Wikipedia on the game below.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TwixTThere may be a patent on this board, but that would have expired long ago. Is the unique pegboard design part of the creator's copyright? Are the game pieces protected? How would I get around this?

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Robert McEwen, Esq.

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I have received a copyright infringement notice that has to

I have received a copyright infringement notice that has to be replied by January 26. My crime is that I had uploaded soft copy of a book on Kijiji.ca for sale. After I received the mail, I have deleted the ad from the website. Please kindly explain to me as I am new to Canada and I don't know anything about copyright laws here. Should I reply to kijiji that I am sorry and I have removed the soft copy of the book now. Please help. Thank you.

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Can a Superior Court Judge preside over a case for damages

Can a Superior Court Judge preside over a case for damages if the Plaintiff is citing Federal Copyright Law?JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: I have the original material (Videotape) and a Copyright Certificated from the L.O.C.JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: No and no. I have been in touch with the potential defendant, who does not want to cooperateJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: It's a winner!!!!!!1

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Robert McEwen, Esq.

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