In 2005, one of the world's largest video game developers/publishers published an AAA computer/video game which appears to contain photographs I took and displayed on one of my websites which were copied directly and obviously into the game as textures. I just discovered the situation this year. Would it be likely that a lawyer could do anything about this in terms of securing payment/recognition/??? for this use of my copyrighted photographs? If so, what kind of lawyer or law firm should I be looking for and what are the typical hiring arrangements (e.g. am I likely to have to pay up front, or is this kind of thing typically taken on contingency)? Looking for general information here, not legal advice. [more inside]
I am a board member on a outdoor nonprofit and all volunteer organization located in Alabama that recently received an email from License Compliance Services (formerly/currently known as PicScout) demanding proof of license/authorization for use or to settle online. [more inside]
i once heard a lawyer claim you can "fight" copyright claims by altering frequency and introducing manipulation to the audio samples. following text "SOUND SAMPLING PROTECTION AND INFRINGEMENT IN TODAY'S MUSIC INDUSTRY" claims this is null. can anyone clarify this?
Every weekday I get an email from Delancey Place with an interesting excerpt from a book. Can you help me figure out how they avoid copyright infringement? [more inside]
The Stand has been a long-running comedy club and Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with later-opened branches in Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne. I noticed that there is now a New York City-based comedy club and restaurant called The Stand NYC. I didn't see any indication on the websites of either club that there was a connection. Is this an example of the use of a trade name in another national jurisdiction?
Received a notice that my contact information was subpoenaed from my ISP, since my IP was associated with copyright infringement (torrenting). Obviously, I need a lawyer, even though I haven't been sued (yet). Resources online mostly point to lawyers in NY, CA, and FL. I'm not in any of those places. What's the best way to find a lawyer who can represent me? [more inside]
Is it illegal to make profit of products carrying a government logo? [more inside]
I did the wrong thing...but do I have any rights in this situation? [more inside]
How to word a letter (email) negotiating compensation I want from an author who sold my copyrighted work? Details inside. [more inside]
Domain swiper using my old content to make their spam site look like it's actually mine? [more inside]
Copyrighted image found on our website; photographer wants big bucks - what should we do? [more inside]
I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
Back in 2002 I reblogged a story from CNN on a personal, non-commercial blog. I included a photograph that came with the story. Today I received a nastygram (at my work address) from the photographer saying I violated his copyright, with an invoice for about $1600. I took down the photo immediately. Now what? I am in the U.S. and the photographer is in Germany, if that makes any difference.
Somebody released a commercial iPhone app that's feeding from licensed content scrapped from our website. How can we report this to Apple? [more inside]
I recently got a job as an IT support analyst through a third party IT consulting firm. The three months went well, and the client decided to hire me fulltime. There was no background check when I had the contractor position, and for the first two weeks when I was an actual employee there was no talk of an actual background check... [more inside]
I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt? [more inside]
Does my Flickr photo infringe on a trademark? Do I have to remove it? [more inside]
Is it possible to anonymize my business somewhat to make it a more slippery target for frivolous B2B lawsuits? [more inside]
What is the best way to deal with plagiarism of your work on the web? Somebody pointed out to me that a right wing talk show has posted an obvious plagiarism of my original Google Bombing article from 2001. [more] [more inside]