Intellectual Property Licensing

Intellectual property, such as copyrights, trademarks, and patents require written intellectual property licensing agreements. A licensing agreement or license is a contractual right that gives someone permission to engage in a defined activity or to use certain property, including intellectual property, that is owned by someone else. These intellectual property law regulations are essential to enforcing the owner's rights in intellectual property. Please read on to find an intellectual property lawyer or attorney from the Lawyers.comsm attorney directory.

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-  Copyright Registration-  Trademark Cease and Desist
-  Provisional Patent Application-  Trademark Registration
-  Release and Authorization to Use Voice and/or Likeness
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Ask a Lawyer - Intellectual Property Law questions answered by leading lawyers
Can a commercial site use an Instagram photo without the model's approval?
Our photographer posted one of my and my then fiancee's engagement photos on Instagram and tagged it with #anthropologie, since I was wearing an Anthropologie dress. I now found it as one of pictures shown on the shopping page for the dress. The contract I signed with the photographer states that he has copyright over all his photos, but that they'll only be used for his personal promotion. This is clearly used for advertising and nobody contacted us to ask if we're ok with the picture being used, although it was clearly manually picked to show up on the page of that exact dress. We actually even asked our photographer to not release the pictures to any magazines or for any kind of advertising or promotions. Are there any legal issues here or am I just making them up?
If I purchase an art print from a retailer/wholesaler can I modify the print and sell it commercial
I want to purchase art prints and use them as a background for craft projects and resell. I am not attempting to sell the print as my own work, nor will I be reproducing the print
Can I sue for an image I own that has been stolen and is being used on tons of websites? Or have it
My wife posted a picture of my child onto facebook and for a contest. The picture of my child is now being used on tons of websites/blogs in articles. It seems these sites are trying to make money off an image they do not own. Can I sue or force these websites to remove the image? Here it seems to read that material cannot be used for commercial purposes on 3rd party sites. Im pretty sure facebook images cannot be used on 3rd party sites either for commercial purposes...however I believe facebook has the right to use images for adds which is not the issue. This link shows how many tons of sites are using this image:
Is showing pornography to minors in a privately owned internet domain illegal?
My friends and I own a server for a game called Garrys Mod. It is a hosted server that many players can join and play. When players break the rules or misbehaves we kick them out of the game. Recently, the person who codes for us made it so when a person gets kicked they see a website called which includes a spinning penis. We were told that this was illegal, as it is against the law to show pornography to minors. My argument was that the code written by our coder was his intellectual property and falls under the First Amendment protections. Am I wrong? Is it illegal for us to do this?
NHL Team Name Use
Say I was building a fan site/blog/etc, a place for fans to hang out on the internet, and I wanted to use the NHL Team Names.. would I be allowed to? I know that the names are Trademarked, but the fan site/blog/etc. will not charge money or even show ads on the site. So am I able to use the names of each NHL team name? With that am I allowed to use player names on those teams? If I do all this in a positive way, no charge, and designed for fans, will I run into any issues?
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Intellectual Property Licensing Lawyer Web Sites
 -  New York Law - Sepe & O'mahony, PLLC
 -  Maui County Attorney - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Harford County Law - Stark And Keenan A Professional Association
 -  Santa Barbara Lawsuit - Crane Flores, LLP Attorneys At Law
 -  Salem Attorneys - Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC
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