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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." ???

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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." ???

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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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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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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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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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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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