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I am an illustrator who specializes in portraits of

I am an illustrator who specializes in portraits of celebrities. Now, I have little access to these celebrities and thus must rely on the photos from professional photographers for my reference. How can I copy these photos as still observe the rights of the photographer to his/her copyright?

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A Trademark Copyright question! Is there a way to 'legally

A Trademark Copyright question! Is there a way to 'legally protect' a 'concept' for a business that is being developed? It involves a website that will be launched with a business entity (non-profit) that will have a particular unusual approach to communication, but right now it's a ' concept' and not an actual ' product' yet. I know that's a bit vague... sorry!! Let me know if it needs to be more specific.

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Kendell R Kelly, Esq

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I have written a poem book. I'm gonna sell it, but it is

i have written a poem book. I'm gonna sell it, but it is more for family than anything else. I have signed up with Legal Zoom to do the copyright, and a self publisher company to put it together.I am ready now, but have a few questions on copyright.Does the copyright cover just these poems? Can i submit a bunch of other unpublished poems too?What should i be aware of in this process.Thank you very much

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Is the U.S. Copyright Office allowed to arbitrarily reject

Is the U.S. Copyright Office allowed to arbitrarily reject an image without acting in good faith?I applied for copyright protection for my Trinity Cross but was rejected on the grounds that the piece did not contain, "a minimal degree of creativity."Although the design looks like it is geometric, it is not. There are subtle curves that are almost impossible to see. http://www.TrinityCrossJewlery.comIn 2000 years of Western Civilization, nobody has created this design except me. It is nearly impossible to duplicate.Can the U.S. Copyright Office be challenged?

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Law Educator, Esq.

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I own a small online clothing business where we sell

I own a small online clothing business where we sell heirloom and hand smocked children's garments. I do not mass produce. I purchase smock plates and have my seamstresses make them. I have a smock plate designer accusing me of copyright violation because I did not give her credit. The only thing on her smock plate says "Copyright 1986", which i have been told means that I personally would be I violation if went and made the exact smock plate to sell or if I made copies of her smock plate to sell. I've read that I do not have to give credit to patten designers, etc. is this true? She's picking on a small business owner who was harmless and wouldn't ever dream of discrediting anyone.

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I am a volunteer business consultant working with an artist

I am a volunteer business consultant working with an artist who has created a thought process he eventually wants to present as a college lecture series. The idea is still under development and he is afraid of someone taking his idea while we are doing research. We're working on a pitch for his idea and thinking of putting the essence of his concept in a brochure. Does copyrighting this brochure protect his intellectual property?

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My grandmother, born at the turn of the century told me a

My grandmother, born at the turn of the century told me a middle eastern fairy tale. I remembered part of it, but over the years added my own twist to it. I have written it out but heard anything before 1923 is not copyrighted...and I'm not sure if it was ever printed out of country or if it was just an oral tradition tale. How do I find out if I can get it copy- righted?

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A friend of mine, who is over the age of 90, trained as an

A friend of mine, who is over the age of 90, trained as an opera singer in the 1940's and 1950's. Her father, an engineer, recorded virtually every performance and rehearsal of his daughter with different local orchestras on Long Island, New York. A few of these orchestras are still in existence, however many are not. I assume that orchestra and their managements had no issues with the father making these recordings. The 90 year old daughter now owns these recordings and has asked me to produce a commercial CD of selected works...while she is still with us. If a CD is produced and distributed, is their any obligation--financial or otherwise--owed to any of the orchestras?

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I'm trying to make a shelf out of that looks like

I'm trying to make a shelf for kids out of wood that looks like puzzle. Problem is Company called KidKraft has something really similar to my design and I found some Copyright but I don't see anything that's shows what is it protecting.Here is the Copyright info:Type of Work: Visual MaterialRegistration Number / Date: VA0001841256 / 2012-10-10Application Title: Puzzle Bookshelf & Packaging #14400.Title: Puzzle Bookshelf & Packaging #14400.Description: Electronic file (eService)Copyright Claimant: KidKraft, LP. Address:***** Dallas, TX, 75244, United States.Date of Creation: 2001Date of Publication: 2001-10-01Nation of First Publication: United StatesAuthorship on Application: KidKraft, LP, employer for hire; Citizenship: United States. Authorship: photograph(s), 2-D artwork, sculpture.Rights and Permissions: Gretchen Van Tassel, KidKraft, LP,***** Dallas, TX, 75244, United States,(###) ###-####***@******.***Names: KidKraft, LPCan I still make it ?Here is link to their website. My product is almost similar, with different shape of the puzzle different wood and construction.https://www.kidkraft.com/puzzle-book-shelf-primary-14400.htmlAny suggestions?Thank youMike

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