I'm taking a college course and I need to create a study
I'm taking a college course and I need to create a study guide by using the textbook. There is a Copyright clause that goes as follows: "Except as permitted under the United States Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without prior written permission of the publisher."Would using the textbook's materials to create a digital study guide for personal use be illegal?
I am writing my biography. It will only be distributed to my
I am writing my biography. It will only be distributed to my immediate relatives. It wont be for sale and will most probably self published. Do I need to change the names of businesses (such as AT&T), people, places, etc. just like it is recommended for other "for sale"books?Will I need to write a disclaimer that the book is exclusively for such & such person when I give it to them. Or mention that the book is confidential.
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
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What do I need to keep in mind when mentioning competitors'
What do I need to keep in mind when mentioning competitors' product names?For example:My competitor is "Mobile Optin"I set up a web site with the domain "MobileOptinAlternative.com" and put an article on there describing the difference in features, price, etc., mentioning the name of his product multiple times.Is any part of that illegal and what are some things to keep in mind?
I have a question about fictional town names that I want to
Hello,I have a question about fictional town names that I want to use in original designs I am making for t-shirts that are going to be sold.I have been looking into copyright laws, trademark laws, and whatever else I could find on line. I know this does not make it legal, but I have seen a ton of other small t-shirt clothing stores selling things exactly like this.More about the town names. In the movie Back To The Future there is a fictional town called "Hill Valley" and in the tv series Stranger Things there is a fictional town called "Hawkins."I want to use them in my original designs I create. I am not going to be referencing the movie or show at all in anyway (font, characters, events, etc.) except for use of the fictional town name. Example say I use Hill Valley. I want to make a shirt that says "Hill Valley Race Club" or "Hill Valley Boat Club" or something a long those lines with my original design of a race car or boat. In the movie there is no Race Club or Boat Club. I made them up a long with my original designs. Like is said before they are never mentioned in the movie, they do NOT exist at all in the movie. All I want to do is use the fictional town name to go with my design.Would it be ok to use the fictional name in the way I stated above?Thank you.
I have a project I have been working on for years and I
I have a project I have been working on for years and I don't know the correct steps to make sure its legal. I compiled a large group of movie quotes (in audio format) and I put them together on a cd in a way where it seems like theres a conversation going on between them. One quote might be "Goodfellas" answering a question from "Forrest Gump" etc... to give you an idea. So I don't own any of the rights to the actual clips. Is there any way for me to sell something like this? What happens if I just hand it out to people without taking money? Thank you
I want to use support group, chat room, message board
I want to use support group, chat room, message board postings in a book, but will not cite where I got them or who posted them and will edit the content. Is this a copyright violation? What do I need to do to minimize any problems should someone who made the post see it in the book (very unlikely)? It's a positive book about a health issue that will help people.