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I'm starting a record label and I'm going to have artists

I'm starting a record label and I'm going to have artists write there own songs but not the music.Do the song writer and musician have copyrights to the songs?

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I am a country music recording artist. My question concerns

I am a country music recording artist. My question concerns a specific area of my efforts. I take original country, pop, & rock songs and, while paralleling the original story line, change the lyrics of the entire song to present a gospel theme. I understand this is classified as parody. Does this fall in the category of "fair use"? If not, how do I proceed in this effort? Do I seek permission as does Wierd Al, or just "go for it"? Can I still copyright my new lyrics?JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: not yetJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I don't think so

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I bought an item on ebay, didn't like it and turned around

Hi I bought an item on ebay, didn't like it and turned around and sold it back on ebay for the same price. The problem is I used the same photos as the person I bought it from, I copied and pasted it instead of taking my own photos. I thought this would be okay since she sold it to me already and was done with the photos. Can I be sued for intellectual property infringement or have criminal charges brought against me. This is a nightmare, I realize my mistake. Please help.JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: floridaJA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?Customer: no. she told me she was going to report to ebay but it's been over a week and I haven't heard from ebay. she just told me to take it down and she was very upset. she did say she would push it to the highest level if need be, I think if I didn't take it down.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no that pretty much sums up everything. thanks.

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My name is ******. I run a Facebook group and a blog site.

Hello, My name is Monte ******. I run a Facebook group and a blog site. Our focus is Merch By Amazon. It allows everyone the opportunity to design t-shirts and sell them on Amazon.com; It has been called the new gold rush. Anyways, I have a shirt design. Could you please look at the original idea and then look at my design, and tell me if I would be safe to publish my shirt design or would I be infringing on someone else's work i.e. a derivative. If I would be infringing on the other designers work, could you please provide some insight, maybe a rule of thumb that I could share with my merch group or on my blog at merchfuel.com so that we do not violate any copyrights including derivatives. Some members are under the impression that if they change the font and color and swap out for a similar graphic or flip an element of the design layout that they will be fine.

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It has been about a month since we spoke. who has been

Hello again. It has been about a month since we spoke. I am Edward who has been asking about copyrights. In requesting permissions that are copyrighted. Inm the collection of Christmas stories I am composing for printing, you have been most helpful. My immediate question is this:I have two accounts of a story called The Chirstmas Truce of 1917. Time magazine wants $2000 for this copyright permission. that is out of the question. Can I take the two versions of the story (each of which is about 3 pages in length) and summarize the story in my own words, just following their account of it. But it becomes my description and not their words (except maybe a sentence or two). It would be my adaptation of their story but in my words If I may, do I have to give both these stories aknowledgement for the adaptation Or can I just say under the title, "Adapted".

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I write a blog post and have a quick question. I'd like to

Hello,I write a blog post and have a quick question. I'd like to write a blog post about how great of a job a certain website does on its web design (let's say it's Apple.com). So, I'll be including things like the company name (Apple), their website (Apple.com), and possible snippets and graphics showing the site, the site contents, and how I'm impressed by the design. At the end of the blog post, I'll be posting an advertisement for a web design product that I myself use.Do you see any issues with this? I understand that there are IP/copyright/trademark laws that come into play, but I'm not sure how and if they apply. Can I safely mention and talk about the website (all praise) without being hit with legal action? And if not, what should I do?

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We are an online marketplace offering chef services. We work

Hello,We are an online marketplace offering chef services.We work with a group of photographers who take photos of our chefs and our food on our behalf. We have ownership on the photos.We have seen a few websites who are using those photos on their site. In some cases, they have taken the photos directly from our site, in other cases, the chef is also on their website and has decided to simply upload our photo to their site.- We have the right to remind them to take down the photo, right?- We have been reminding them to take down the photos several times and while they listen to it, we see them repeating it again. We are tired to have to repeat this to them several times. Is there a way to have them stop it or even ask them for royalties for every day that they have used the photos in the past and for every day in the future?- What else can we do?Thank you!

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I have a product listing on amazon. And I got a notice from

I have a product listing on amazon. And I got a notice from another seller that one of my products is violate their copyright, and they supplied the register number for copyright.But I think the products is a general design. But they copyrighted on US copyright office and get a register number , just last month.So what I should do? Can I also need register a copyright for my prodcuts?

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I have an online store at Bonanza.com selling vintage comic

I have an online store at Bonanza.com selling vintage comic books that were being published in the late 1960's and all the way up into the years 1985. The original publisher is Warren Publishing Company and they went out of business in the 1980's and I don't know whom owns the copyright to these comics now. What I want to do is take some of the better ones in my personal collection and scan them into a digital format such as an e-book so I can sell them at my website and as a Kindle book on Amazon.com. What I want to know is in the area of copyright law. I hired a person on Fiverr.com to do a basic copyright search and this is what he told me: “The comics which are published in the 60's or 70's are now public property and you can legally use them. The comics which are published in the 80's and 90's you cannot use if they are protected without the owners permission.” So I guess my question is what are my rights to do legally without being sued for copyright infringement.

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