Some TV shows (and movies, and novels) go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-life brands. This video
shows countless mentions of faux social networks: Friendbranch, Facefinder, Friendnet, etc etc, rather than Facebook. But others freely portray real-life companies when they want to. How come? [more inside]
I have a friend to runs a pizza place and I am helping him with his menu. We had a question about the legality (in terms of copyright or whatever) when using trademarked items on his menu that he also sells. [more inside]
Can I use a trademarked fictional character's name in a song title? This will be published to CD and vinyl. [more inside]
My novel involves a costume party with some guests dressed as recognizable characters from films, TV, etc. I'm clearly not trying to claim them as my own and it's just all Halloween costumes, but am I asking to get sued? [more inside]
I recently completed a series of art prints for an upcoming art show. I thought while I was getting them printed I would submit them to Zazzle and make them available online. But 3 out of 4 were rejected because of "A copyright complaint from the rightsholder". I think my work is a clear use of parody and would not be confused with an official product. [more inside]
What are the legal/copyright/douchebag implications (if any) of registering a domain name that is already a username on a free blogging platform? Yeah, yeah, you're not a lawyer... [more inside]
What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
What are the rules, or guidelines around the use of the (tm), (r) and (c) signs? They seem to be ubiquitous in corporate English, but as far as I can tell they're both unnecessary and ugly. Is putting a (tm) on a trademark something that's considered a required prerequisite to protecting it?
I want to create a website that presents the schedule/info of a con in a more usable format than officially provided. Is this something I should be asking a lawyer about? [more inside]
If I photograph a product and use it in a publishing project, what legal redress would the manufacturer have if they decided to sue me? [more inside]
There's a board game I enjoy, and I've been considering programming a web version of it to play online. How different must my knock-off version be from the "real" one to avoid trouble? [more inside]
What are the legal implications of giving a company the same name as a company in a different business? [more inside]
Would I be putting myself at risk, legally, were I to knit elected officials in jest and sell them on Etsy? I wouldn't be doing anything distasteful or slandering, but merely making stuffed figurines of them, no more offensive than your typical political cartoon's caricature. I know there is a ton of Obama, Bush, Palin and Clinton merchandise out there that doesn't get much legal attention, but I'm thinking about also knitting famous governors and representatives, and perhaps former elected officials as well. Failing that, what about selling or giving away the patterns for free? I'm more interested in doing this as a design project than making a profit, but I'd like to sell them both to subsidize the hobby, and let people who want a plushie have one.
Hello, I'm applying for a trademark. Is it best to just head over to the uspto.gov site and take it from there? or use any pro bono or paid work I could find from an attorney. A laymen such as myself could lost in the wrong forms? Thanks
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]
I run a website dedicated to vintage PC games (that is, games from the late 80s, early 90s). Ad revenue has been declining, and a co-admin suggested making t-shirts to sell to support the site. I have questions about what art/words we can use on the shirts. [more inside]
Can I use the "Time Management Matrix" in a commercial software product without any legal repercussions? [more inside]
What's the cheapest, simplest, most effective way to stop somebody else from owning my logo? [more inside]
Somebody stole and is reproducing artwork that I never copyrighted or trademarked. What can I do? Details inside... [more inside]
Can copyrighted images be used on grave markers? [more inside]
I have invented a calendar that I think is unique in design and function. [more inside]
or a similar company legally print me a bolt of fabric using a William Morris (1834-1896) design? [more inside]
Does my Flickr photo infringe on a trademark? Do I have to remove it? [more inside]
This is a bit of a follow up to this question
. I'm contemplating a small comics project staring a fictionalised version of HP Lovecraft (something I've done before but thsi will be slight higher profile) and the title will be something along the lnes of "H.P. Lovecraft's World of Weirdness". Is the use of his name in the title like that, which might imply some kind of authorship or endorsement or somesuch, likely to bring the Lovecraft estate down on me like a ton of bricks?
What can a free online game do about a domain squatting / potential IP infringement situation, that doesn't involve commercial legal advice? [more inside]
Copyright filter, again!
There have been lots and lots
of threads discussing trademark vs. copyright, etc, but in my searching I did not find the answer to this question: what will happen when Mickey Mouse goes out of copyright? [more inside]
What should I know about trademarks and copyrights before launching a web comics site? [more inside]
Can you really hold copyright to a business model/idea/concept, and disallow others from duplicating it? If not, then how is The Sampler
able to do so? [more inside]
How can I learn about intellectual property law before I go to law school? [more inside]
I'm wondering about the way that trademarks can be enforced in a very specific instance. [more inside]
If a fictional brand from an American movie or tv show does not show up as trademarked in a search at the USPTO, is there any legal barrier to making and selling products displaying that brand (or an original image depicting the brand in cases where no image of it has ever been shown)? [more inside]
I have some copyright and trademark questions for the fine folks at AskMe. Ok, so I run this online t-shirt store and I had a design based on Godzilla playing the drums
. I know some of the Godzilla movies had passed into the public domain, so I just assumed (or perhaps hoped) that would place my design firmly into fair use territory. Welp, I got a cease and desist from the folks that own the trademark and copyright on Godzilla, so I was just hoping to find out more about my options here. [more inside]
Is it possible to perform computer analysis to determine the similarities and/or differences between two logos? [more inside]
What's the deal with blurring out logos? [more inside]
Can sound effects be trademarked? [more inside]
There's a guy out there on the web that has chosen to name his blog
after me, Armando Bellmas. Instead of feeling flattered, I feel used. As a photographer my name is my business name, too, and I can't have this guy moving in on my turf. I don't know him nor have I given him permission to use my name. Plus, his blog is coming up in the top ten search results for my name at Google. He has not replied to any of my email inquiries and, short of calling an attorney for advice, I'm turning to you guys and the web for help. Thanks in advance.
Circle R=registered trademark
Never come across Circle P before. What kind of rights does that designate? Found on a CD of nature sounds.