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I wrote an adaptation of a Shakespeare play based in a

HelloI wrote an adaptation of a Shakespeare play based in a modern Motor Cycle gang. Although the screenplay follows the basic story I have re-written all the dialogue, created a completely unique setting/world and everything in the screenplay was created by me as a completely original adaptationA few days ago, I found out that same play was done based in a Motorcycle gang. It appears to follow the original play complete with Shakespeare's original dialogue.The only thing these two have in common is that they used motorcycles and biker garb.Is there any copyright infringement here on either side?JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: just the screen play I wrote - the play was done in another state and I do not have it - just saw it onlineJA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: no - nothing - there are no claims of infringementJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: that should be it

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I am an astrologer (and very successful, 30 years,

I am an astrologer (and very successful, 30 years, specializing in location). A guy has posted my reading on YouTube and is mocking it. I talk about the situation here: www.PaulDiCocco.com. I got YouTube to delete the video claiming copyright infringement. He made an appeal and says he owns the copyright on my reading, and got it put back up. One detail of the case is that the guy was refunded by me, when he claimed to be unhappy with his move to California. (He paid for nothing.) YouTube says I have to have filed an injunction regarding copyright to take the video down again. I don't know where to start. Do I need to file it in a California court? (He is in El Cerrito, CA, Google is in Calif.) Or am I supposed to file it in my town of Missoula, Montana? I would consider getting a lawyer to help with this. I want the video taken down. Do you think I am correct in stating I am the owner of copyright of my own voice and astrological reading? (Even though he originally paid for it, though was refunded.)

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I sell on ebay been selling for like 10 years.i sell Vera .i

i sell on ebay been selling for like 10 years.i sell Vera Bradley.i get 85% items from the factory that makes the vera in china...is what i am doing legal???JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: from whoJA: 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: no

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If unknowingly an author has created something that has

If unknowingly an author has created something that has already been created and published and is sued, what would be the extent of damages to the unknowingly offending party? Would the damages just be to the extent of what was made from the sales? Would a recall of all offending sales made be an absolute way of mitigating any further damages? Assuming all copyright infringement preventative measures have failed, what protective measures are there to mitigate an encroaching party's punishment?

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Let's talk Larceny - Converting leased property to your own,

let's talk Larceny - Converting leased property to your own, criminal copyright infringement and copyright infringement.my situation. I have individuals who leased the right to use my i.p. in commerce to produce events, and they purchase physical tokens from me, or are given free tokens at no charge, which all have my images (2 of them).my tokens are metal-coins with my image on it - like a chuckee cheese token used at chuckee cheese franchises.questions (3 of them)the use of my tokens with my images on them by non-lease holders, and former lease holders, if used in another similar business (specifically created to compete with me and my business), in the same capacity (as treasure), would be considered, converting leased property to their, own since the physical tokens sole use was to be used in my business under lease, right?and it would also be Criminal copyright infringement since 1 of the images on 2 of the tokens is copyrighted as part of one of my literary works since its contained in my copy written book. right?last question - What about the image on the other physical token - is it criminal copyright infringement even if it hasn't been included in any copy written literary work of mine?i have distributed near 500,000 of these tokens in America and Canada into the hands of my customers as reward for their doing things at our businesses events.

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I am a comedian. If someone steals my joke what's my

I am a comedian. If someone steals my joke what's my recourse? What specific steps should I take to establish my copyright?Conversely, if I am accused of stealing someone else's joke, what's my recourse to prove my copyright?

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I sent in a DMCA to Automattic.com and received a response:

I sent in a DMCA to Automattic.com and received a response: The material identified does not appear to be copyrightable subject matter. See http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html for more information. As such, we do not believe that your complaint properly falls under the DMCA.JA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: Sorry I wasn't doneJA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: I didn't even finish my commentJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I responded with the following: You have no right to determine whether or not the material in question is being used illegally of if it falls under copyright law. As a service provider you must follow the DMCA regulations as follows:1. Copyright owner submits notification to service provider2. If the service provider receives a proper notification, the service provide removes or blocks access to material identified in notification. Service provide usually give offender two days to fix problem or make a counter claim.3. If the service provider promptly removes or block access the provider is exempt from liability, and is protected from any liability for claims because they took down the material.4. If a counter claim is made the service provider put the material back up.5. The copyright owner must file an action seeking a court order against the subscriber and win in order to have the material removed.Is this correct and what can I do about a service provider that thinks he is a lawyer and refuses to contact the infringing website owner?

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I want to create a free video tutorial/lecture for college

I want to create a free video tutorial/lecture for college students taking accounting 1 using a powerpoint from McGrawHill which is copywritten. Am I violating copyright law if I make this video and provide it to students for free?JA: The IP Attorney's require payment for their services. It's way less expensive on JustAnswer than face-to-face would cost.Customer: how much would it cost to get a definitive answer to my question?JA: I'm not sure of the exact price, but there's only a $5 deposit. The rest of the price information will be on the page I send you to.Customer: I want to know the full price before anything elseJA: What written documentation do you have?Customer: I have a copy of the power pointJA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: Copyright © 2016 McGraw-Hill Education.  All rights reserved. No reproduction or distribution without the prior written consent of McGraw-Hill Education. No, I want to make sure I am not breaking the law if I make the powerpoint lecture so the power point is made by them but I want to do a video presentation of itJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: simplest summary - I want to create a video lecture explaining a powerpoint that is copywritten by a major publisher, will I have a legal issue if it is provided free to students, only the video not the powerpoint ok

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I have roughly 500 Star Trek collector cards that I have

I have roughly 500 Star Trek collector cards that I have collected over the years which are worthless. If I design a frame and put public domain trivia here and there around the cards is that copyright infringement?JA: Okay, I'll connect you to the IP Attorney to go over that information with you. Before I do, is there anything else you want the lawyer to know?Customer: I have a PDF to show him or her

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