I have an unlabeled acetate record from the early 60s that contains music and an interview with a late musician, composer and counter-cultural icon of some note. As far as I've been able to figure, I have the only copy and there is no copyright. There is a documentary about this person in the works and the director/producer is interested in using this material. Someone else, the operator of a long-running fansite, would like to release it as part of a retrospective album next year. I've already offered that it be used in the film for free. Is it possible for me to get compensation for its inclusion on any audio releases? [more inside]
We discovered this picture. Not even the oldest people in my family can identify the man. As the family historian, I should know who it is but i don't. As you can see from the picture, the license plate is visible. I think this is in Maryland. Has anyone ever used license plate info for genealogy? Are these records even kept?
My partner has been contacted by one of the major TV networks who has asked to use some historical film footage that he shot. He is getting ready to call them back. What are the issues at play here? What questions should he be asking? [more inside]
A family member is a physical therapist assistant in Virginia. They just completed a one or two-year massage therapy course at a local college (I forget the details). They want to know if the course meets their continuing education requirements. [more inside]
(Posting on behalf of a friend): I was convicted of a DUI in March 2014, and am trying to pick up the pieces. I need to pay for an SR-22 which is insurance on my license. If I do not pay for this insurance my license will lapse. The policy is less expensive if I also insure a vehicle but I will not need a car in the coming months and cannot afford the payments. I need help figuring out if it would be smarter to not pay for any insurance (letting my license lapse), to sell the car and use the profits to pay the SR-22, or to just keep the car (though I really do not want to). [more inside]
I'm a part-time freelance copywriter trying to figure out how I can quit my full-time retail job and piece together work that is more related to writing. [more inside]
Fellow hams, do any of you have an '86 or '87 callbook? I'm trying to figure out when I got my technician-class license with an eye toward the upgrade to general class. I was licensed under the old rules, complete with credit for my novice-class code speed. But I don't remember when that happened. The call is KAØIIU. Appreciate it!
Last week, I bought a new car. Can I drive in and out of Canada with a temporary license plate, registration, and insurance card? [more inside]
Hi MeFi, This past Friday I was pulled over by Brookline PD for speeding (doing 42 at 35) -- they told me my license was suspended and immediately put the cuffs on me and took me in. I told them this has to be a mistake, but they didn't want to listen. My license was briefly suspended in November when I was laid off from my job and was unable to pay for one of my tickets. I rectified this once I got my first unemployment check and have proof of payments via my bank statement. When I went to the RMV to get my license reinstated, they charged me $140 and told me I was all set. This very same day I bought my auto insurance via Progressive and we all know you cant buy insurance unless your license is valid. The cops at Brookline PD are saying my RMV record shows nothing about my license being reinstated and they believe that someone at the RMV made a clerical error and did not do their job properly. My questions are as follows; - Can I sue this RMV branch for negligence? - How can I get this stupid shit off my record? They took my photo and all. I don't want this lingering on my record! I've never been arrested before. [more inside]
A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
Can anyone refer me to an attorney or paralegal who is very experienced at writing the various types of legalese needed for web sites/apps, desktop software, etc.? [more inside]
Changing my residency from NJ to CT. Simultaneously purchasing a used car to replace a NJ registered, just totaled car (for which I still have plates). And simultaneously switching from old NJ health coverage, to new CT Obamacare health coverage. So, have to change license, registration, mailing address, health care, and anything else you all might suggest. Is there any particular order I need to do these things in?
I'm worried about my ability to prove residency in Massachusetts to convert my out-of-state license. (In particular, the fact that no photocopies are allowed.) [more inside]
If a work (say, a book) is licensed as a non-commercial CC, does that mean that anyone is free to make digital copies, photocopies, hardcopies, etc and redistribute it as long as they don't sell it? What about the author? Are they able to sell it for profit, after that? Can they publish it through a third party, (e.g. Harper Collins) and how does the third party get around the prohibition on commercial distribution? Maybe I'm understanding this all wrong. I'm trying to figure out if there is a license that would allow the author (and the publishers he selects) to profit from a work, but also gives people the right to copy and redistribute the work for free. If it exists, is it practical? Are there examples of publishers being willing to do this? Or does that model prevent them from making a profit by printing?
YANML-filter: Some colleagues and I are thinking of starting a service that distributes incoming payments amongst multiple recipients. So imagine something like Flattr, but instead of splitting a monthly budget between several people, you pay several people at once with a one-off payment. My question is: What do we need to do to avoid needing a Financial Services License? The answer might be 'nothing' but I'd rather not pay $$$$ to find that out, at least while other options are on the table. [more inside]
I just moved back home to New York from California. I renewed my NY state drivers license online and received it in the mail today. However, it expires in 1 year on my birthday. Why does it expire so soon? I don't get it. My family members license don't expire for another 4+ years.
My fiancée and I want to have our engagement photos done. Rather than pose in front of scenic backdrops, we'd like to have photos taken in front of a green screen, then have vistas from video games that are special to us inserted behind us. For instance, in the finished product, we're in front of the castle from Super Mario 64 or a Paris nightclub from Sly Cooper. Is this something that professional photographers can/will do? I know there's green screen photo places, but will they add the game backgrounds that we provide? Are there licensing/copyright issues in play that will get in the way of this?
I have an interest in purchasing a very large number (500+) of Minecraft licenses for public libraries. I know that bulk purchases of Minecraft Edu are discounted, but we'd much rather use regular Minecraft. I can't find contact information for anyone at Mojang to talk with about this. [more inside]
I'm trying to get an idea of WHICH areas of Creative Commons I can draw from on Flickr. I work for a state doing something that, while noncommercial, does support business in a way. I want to use creative commons pix for a website we're putting up. So attribution, I get. That's easy. The others I'm not sure about - as a government office are we, by dint of our setup, considered non-commercial? And the non-deriviative works...does that mean we can't even crop it? And I completely don't understand "share alike" at all. Does that mean if we use THOSE photos we have to let anyone have our website template and content (which would be our only original work) for free with complete unrestricted use?
As one enters one's second half century, one likes to think that one has mastered little things in life -- like selling a car. Apparently not. [more inside]
I told my eight year-old niece that if she jumped in puddles and got her feet wet my license to be an aunt would be revoked. She now wants to see my license - I have explained that I keep it in my other wallet but that I will show it to her next week. Help! [more inside]
When renewing my WA State license online, I can specify both a residence and mailing address. Which one will it be sent to? [more inside]
I took an internship without realizing it required me to drive. The folks who interviewed and hired me assumed I knew how, only after I'd moved across the country and started work did they discover I didn't. My position won't require me to drive for the next couple of months, and my supervisor is confident I can get a license before then (she is also willing to give me lessons). I'm a little skeptical - is it reasonable to think I can learn to drive and get a license in this span of time? [more inside]
Short version: In Colorado, is "the registered owner's license is expired" probable cause to pull someone over? [more inside]
How does licensing for the music work on these contest shows? The Voice, American Idol, X Factor, America's Got Talent, et al. Especially during the audition process where they might now know what people are going to sing before they're on stage. [more inside]
Scam filter: An apartment finders made a copy of my license upon entering (before even filling out an application). I didn't end up using their service and asked for the copy of my license back. They made a bunch of excuses and then said that they shredded the copy of my license and showed me a bunch of shreddings. What can I do to protect my identity? [more inside]
SSL, licences, and migrating a website. Old server has an SSL certificate. New one has not. Not using HTTPS. Will visitors see any warnings or otherwise perceive the change? [more inside]
I am relocating to the UK. I do not have a driver's license. Should I get one? [more inside]
I am a software engineer, and my company has decided to open-source my project. Yaaay! Please help us find the right open source license. [more inside]
For how long and in what unforeseen ways will the making of a fake ID continue to haunt me? [more inside]
What legal bits and bobs does it take to start up a hot dog stand and/or street vendor type business? [more inside]
Registered car out of state and not living in that state. Will I run into any trouble? [more inside]
I'm an American with a current California driver's license. I've been living in the UK for over a year, so I can't drive here without getting a UK license. I'm going to Portugal next month. Can I legally drive there? [more inside]
The California law regarding Family Day Cares says I'm exempt from licensure if there's only one family in addition to my own children. Does this mean only one other family at a time, or over the course of some arbitrary period (a week, month, etc.)? [more inside]
Selling an undocumented gun in Washington state. How do I do it safely, legally, and quickly? I am ignorant about this in every way. [more inside]
How long does it take to get an NJ drivers license? [more inside]
Licensed to _______ : What are some cool/random/interesting licenses or certifications I can earn? [more inside]
Question about the eye exam necessary to get a Pennsylvania drivers license. [more inside]
How can I find out if an apartment complex is licensed? [more inside]
[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
Can I use a re-sellers permit for products I don't make a profit on? [more inside]
I'm taking a road trip from New Mexico to Washington state tonight and tomorrow. Although I am officially licensed to drive by the state of Colorado, I don't have a physical copy of my driver's license. What are the dangers of driving without a copy of my license, and how can I minimize them? [more inside]
Car buying out of state: I have a NJ license, am staying with my parents for a while in NH, but my job will be in MA and I intend to also live there eventually. I need to buy a car to commute to work ASAP. I haven't had a car in 4 years. What is the best way to proceed in this situation, i.e., should I get a NH license right now, buy the car in MA with my NJ license, no idea. Will the dealer provide temporary tags and insurance, if so, for how long? I changed my address with the post office but I still own an apartment in NJ and I don't want to start paying rent ( and moving to MA) until that sells, which might take over a month.
My friend has a drivers license from the state of Pennsylvania and is currently living in Los Angeles California. They got a ticket for J Walking and the officer took down their name, License # and home address in Los Angeles. Then my friend recently receive a letter from the CA DMV saying that if they don't pay the fine then they will suspend/revoke the license. Can CA suspend/revoke their Pennsylvania license for J Walking in Los Angeles, CA? Yes/No and how did you resolve it or get out of it? Thanks!
How does one get "licensed and bonded" for liability insurance with dogwalking/housesitting, and a bonus question about umbrella policies for a personal business [more inside]
Adult (26) getting a driver's license for the first time. How should I do it? [more inside]
Apparently a photo frame company is using a picture of me (taken by my photographer friend) as the sample image in their photo frames. And while I'm totally flattered... this isn't legal, right? [more inside]
I'm interested in obtaining a license to distribute a modified version of someone else's software from a large multinational corporation. How would I go about doing this? What sort of contracts would I need, who should I contact, and how can I ensure that I get the best deal? [more inside]
I have been driving for two years under permit. I took the written test. I just now have to pass the driving test. I am just as good as my friends who now have driver's license, except I didn't take the test. I am eighteen. Recently, my grandparents told me to get out of their lives, so I have no access to their car. But since I am in LA, it would be convenient if I can get a driver's license and rent a car. I can't drive unless I have a car. But then I can't get my driver's license without a car. I barely have money, so I am on a tight budget. I can't rent a car because I need a driver's license. I also need someone over 21 to watch over me when I drive, but there were no close adults in my life except my grandparents. How the hell do I go about this? Most of my friends don't have cars either, and the ones that do... I am not close enough to borrow their cars. I don't want to overwhelm them with my shitty family situation either. Only if I had a car. I am in Los Angeles.
When a learner's permit requires the presence of a fully licensed driver as a passenger, is that requirement satisfied even if that passenger is too impaired to drive? [more inside]