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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.

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Gerald-Esquire

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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.

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Kendell R Kelly, Esq

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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?

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Maverick

Doctoral Degree

 
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I am a book publisher, and 2 years ago published

Hello,I am a book publisher, and 2 years ago published the book below with another editor, copyrighted with both holding 50%http://www.amazon.com/Neville-Goddard-Complete-Reader/dp/099109140X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462237480&sr=8-1&keywords=neville+goddard+complete+readerthe other editor then published this bookhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/172163040473?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITwithout getting my permission and behind my back. Basically the same version with some added lectures.Is this a copyright violation on his part of the original work, and do I have grounds to take him to court for such?ThanksBarry

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BH

Attorney

Post-Doctoral Degree

 
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I created a film w the storyline partially based on BBCs Fawlty

I created a film w the storyline partially based on BBCs Fawlty Towers, incorporating many of their lines and characters into my film. If I should put this out locally as a dvd, is it enough to credit them as the end?

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I have photographed nearly 1000 works of 2-dimensional art

I have photographed nearly 1000 works of 2-dimensional art by a local watercolor artist without compensation nor written agreement. As I understand, the artist owns the copyright to the original painting, and my "derivative work" (the photographs) cannot be used without his permission. My question is: Who owns the digital photos?

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Gerald-Esquire

Juris Doctor

 
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I was sent a notice on Etsy of my listings claiming

I was sent a notice on Etsy for one of my listings claiming it was intellectual property and there was a copyright. Mine is a tank top and her's is a shirt.My saying is:Fit (heart logo here) ishmostly fit; kinda fit; semi-fit;(heart and line design here)someone who loves the concept ofbeing fit, but loves food on the same level.Her's says:FIT(ish)Semi-fit; kind of fit;Someone who likes the idea ofbeing fit but equally likes foodHow does this work? Can it be copyrighted or trademarked? Our designs are not the same.This is what was sent to me:Etsy received a notice of copyright infringement from Hayley Bobay alleging that certain material on Etsy is not authorized. In accordance with our Intellectual Property Policy, Etsy deactivated the 1 listing specified as infringing.If you have questions about the notice, you may consider contacting Hayley Bobay (*****@******.***), the authorized representative of Hayley Bobay who provided Etsy with the notice, or talk to an attorney. Also, please reference the following help article for insight about how Etsy handles these types of notices and issues.Do not re-activate the material unless you've resolved the issue with the notifying party and/or intellectual property owner. Repeat notices of infringement may result in the loss of account privileges.If you have a good faith belief that a notice of copyright infringement involved a misidentification or mistake, you may consider submitting a DMCA counter notice. You can read our DMCA counter notice policy here, and you can submit a DMCA counter notice here.Below is the information provided in the notice:Hayley Bobay Intellectual Propertyfitish copyrightCopyright registration number 1-2908491917Copyright jurisdiction U.S. Copyright OfficeInfringing material reportedhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/291359961/fitish-french-terry-tank-top-racerbackhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/291382807/fitish-french-terry-tank-top-racerback

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Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney At Law

Doctoral Degree

 
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I created a character name and concept children's book

I created a character name and concept for a children's book on my own. I asked an artist to draw the character. I liked his illustration. I then wrote the book with the assistance of my brother. After my brother and I wrote the book we decided to copyright it. I copyrighted the book with all 3 of us listed as the Authors, and all 3 of us listed as the Illustrators. The only drawings the artist contributed at the time of the copyright was that of the two main characters.I have run into problems with the artist and do not want to use his illustrations any longer. However, I do want to get another artist and finish the children's book. The literature has been completely derived and written by me and my brother. The artist did not contribute one word or thought to the writing. Just as I did not draw any of the pictures. Although, I did explain exactly what I wanted for the drawing to the artist.What legal right does the artist have to the work and can I continue to use my concept and character name for that book and others? If you need more information I will be happy to provide.Thank you for your assistance.

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Alex Reese

Intellectual Property Attorney

JD

 
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Good morning - I own a stationary company and would like to

Good morning - I own a stationary company and would like to know if I could use my own images of movie / cartoon characters that are created by me, with inspiration from a character, but look nothing like the original, similar to caricature art. (For example: https://www.etsy.com/listing/156037994) I would not be using any of the characters names, movie titles, logos or trademarks.

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Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney At Law

Doctoral Degree

 
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