Copyrights



Copyrights are forms of intellectual property that protect original works of authorship; literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. This includes novels, plays, songs, software, and paintings from the moment they are created and fixed in a tangible form. Copyright law gives the author or owner of a work the right to control reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, public display, and translations into other languages or other media. Copyright protection does not protect ideas. Please read on to find a copyright attorney or lawyer from the Lawyers.comsm attorney directory.

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Ask a Lawyer - Intellectual Property Law questions answered by leading lawyers
How much control can I retain by licensing intellectual property? Can I require training to ensure q
I'm an expert in my field, and I offer (under my single member LLC) proprietary workshops and seminars. I'd like to license other speakers to present my workshops. I want to have a certain level of control over the integrity of my brand and quality control, so I want to require licensees to attend (and pay for) training, but I want to be careful that the licensees not be classified as employees. How much control can an I as an IP licensor have over the terms of a license? Can I require training? If not, can I incentivize training by offering discounted royalties fees to those who attend training? How can I make sure those who are presenting my IP are doing so with skill and integrity without entering an employer/employee relationship?
Can a company sue me for a domain name and win if it has their trademarked word in it?
The company that's suing me is trademarked as Company. They provide advice on financial, health, economics, politics, etc topics via e-newsletters. Their website is companysomething.com. My company is trademarked as Company XYZ and it's an online store selling investment-grade products at companyxyz.com. They are suing me because they claim that what my online store is too close to what they do, and that there is confusion. They want me to cancel the trademark, and transfer the ownership of companyxyz.com domain name to them. I have recently changed the name of the business and got a new domain name which my old website companyxyz.com currently redirects to. Can they have the companyxyz.com domain name transferred to them via a court ruling? They are in MD, I am in WY.
Do U.S patents apply to products created in Canada?
I have created a product and have now learned there is a "patent pending" on a similar product in the U.S. There is no Canadian/International patent. Where or how can I sell my product without infringing? Can i sell online? Can I sell through U.S. distribution channels and dropship from Canada?
I own a small company and had a logo made by a graphic designer. I have been contacted recently sugg
There are some similarities in a portion of the design but also additions and changes. The graphic artist I used continues to say he used various inspiration and hand drew the image. The individual is requesting either a royalty or I cease and desist (via an email) selling the branded product and send all branded items to him. I did research and find that the small portion has been copy written. Please advise the best pathway to proceed.
How do I Copywrite or License a quote/phrase?
I used a quote of mine - as our team slogan and logo, now other teams and companies have started using it.
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