Join the 9 million people who found a smarter way to get Expert help

Recent Derivative Work questions

I plan to purchase books from the publishing company to give

I plan to purchase books from the publishing company to give out to each of my students in a for-profit education program. I'm wondering if I am violating the terms of agreement which are listed below."This is a copyrighted work and The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("McGraw-Hill") and its licensors reserve all rights in and to the work. Use of this work is subject to these terms. Except as permitted under the Copyright Act of 1976 and the right to store and retrieve one copy of the work, you may not decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, reproduce, modify, create derivative works based upon, transmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish or sublicense the work or any part of it without McGraw-Hill's prior consent. You may use the work for your own noncommercial and personal use; any other use of the work is strictly prohibited. Your right to use the work may be terminated if you fail to comply with these terms."It is my understanding if I purchase all the books from the publishing company that I can distribute the books to my students, with no copyright violation, and I want to confirm that this is correct.

Read more

nyclawyer

Attorney

Juris Doctor.

38,330 satisfied customers
Can I draw and sell a painting that is an exact replica of a

Can I draw and sell a painting that is an exact replica of a copyrighted photo?Can I draw and sell a painting that is based on a copyrighted photo but make changes to it?Can I sell a 40 year old photo that includes people's faces who would not be identifiable today?Can I print and sell a unattributed photo that I find online? What if it includes people's faces?

Read more

nyclawyer

Attorney

Juris Doctor.

38,330 satisfied customers
I run a blog about people who love vintage clothes. I

Hi, I run a blog about people who love vintage clothes. I photograph them and write about them. About 2,5 years ago I posted a tribute to Josephine Baker. I collected images on-line of her style and fashions and put them in a collage. Two weeks ago I got a cease and desist letter from an attorney in germany because his client was the photographer of one of the images and I had not given him photo credit. I immediately took down the photo and apologized. The letter also stated that I owed €5000 in damages. My question is: what is my legal obligation? I do not have €5000. I do not have $100. I did not use the photo for commercial purposes, nor for personal gain. It was posted on-line at about 2 inches big. I have been communicating with the lawyer and they're willing to lower the damages, but I don't feel like I should pay anything if I didn't sell or promote the photo. I took it down, and am signed the letter, without the paragraph about paying. What should I do?JA: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?Customer: I am in CaliforniaJA: 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

Read more

Ely

Counselor at Law

Juris Doctor

66,084 satisfied customers
This is an intellectual property question. I am working on

This is an intellectual property question. I am working on story song books for children. Each story is written in song format and put to the the tune of well known children's songs. For instance, I have one story put to the tune of the "Let It Go" song from the Disney movie Frozen. Would I have to get some sort of official permission just to refer to the title of the song? I wouldn't be using the lyrics from the original song or printing any sheet music. I would only be stating that my song is "put to the tune of 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen." ???

Read more

Ely

Counselor at Law

Juris Doctor

66,084 satisfied customers
I am working on story song books for children. Each story is

I am working on story song books for children. Each story is put to the the tune of well known children's songs. For instance, I have one story put to the tune of the "Let It Go" song from the Disney movie Frozen. Would I have to get some sort of official permission just to refer to the title of the song? I wouldn't be using the lyrics from the original song or printing any sheet music. I would only be stating that my song is "put to the tune of "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen." ???

Read more

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney At Law

Doctoral Degree

110,666 satisfied customers
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.

Read more

Roger

Litigation Attorney

Doctoral Degree

33,878 satisfied customers
Need up-to-date, accurate advice on YouTube monetization of

Need up-to-date, accurate advice on YouTube monetization of creative intellectual property videos intending to use public domain 'derivative work' musical performances / coupled to political news-source videos. Knowledge of - and experience dealing with - 'sync' licenses, 'master' licenses, etc., a must.

Read more

Gerald-Esquire

Juris Doctor

5,642 satisfied customers
I am a watercolor artist and I have a shop on Etsy where I

I am a watercolor artist and I have a shop on Etsy where I sell prints of my work. I was recently notified by a fellow Etsy shop owner with a cease and desist letter demanding I remove one of my paintings as it infringed on her copyrighted item. Her item is a small button that you hang on the wall and says “Press for Champagne”. I did a loose watercolor painting of the item which I thought was permitted as it does not show any trademarked logo of hers or of her company. My understanding was that painting a trademarked item such as an actual logo is off limits but as for painting an item - that is up for grabs. Please let me know what my rights are in this issue as I would like to resume selling my artwork.

Read more

Kendell Kelly, Esq

Kendell R Kelly, Esq

Doctoral Degree

1,142 satisfied customers
I am an event planner that created an event celebrity

I am an event planner that created an event for a celebrity client several years ago. A colleague of mine, a photographer, offered to come take pictures for me at the event. She was not contracted, no document or required compensation for the purposed work was exchanged. After the event she unilaterally declared the images as hers and would not allow us access. Three years later someone published one of the images that the publication actually got off line from another source. Now the photographer is claiming it is copyright infringement. Thoughts...help?

Read more

Maverick

Doctoral Degree

7,080 satisfied customers
View more intellectual property law questions
In The News