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Paul Matthew Fakler

New York Intellectual Property Law Attorney.

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  1. I wrote a book with another indiviudal. My idea..mostly my words. She edited. Now is stating she sent application for

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Paul Matthew Fakler
    2. William M. Borchard
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    You should certainly consult an experienced copyright lawyer. Much depends on whether you signed a written agreement with this person, and if so what that agreement says. If you and the other persons are joint authors (which you might be if you both contributed copyrightable authorship to the book) and you have not assigned your rights to the other person, then neither joint author can grant an exclusive license for the book without the other joint author. Any publisher will want to get...

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  2. My father was an author of 3 books.He passed away 6 years ago.Do myself & siblings have the copyrights to republish these books?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Jason Rhoades
    2. Paul Matthew Fakler
    2 lawyer answers

    The answer depends, in the first instance, on whether your father assigned his rights or granted an exclusive license to the company that published the books. If you cannot find any contracts, you might want to contact the publishers and ask them for copies. If no rights were transferred, or if the rights reverted back to your father before he passed away, the manner in which the rights descended to the heirs can be complicated. Even if he transferred his copyrights to publishers, the...

  3. Is it legal to download free tv episodes

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Paul Matthew Fakler
    2. James Juo
    3. Maurice N Ross
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer to this question depends on whether the copyright owner of the television series has authorized the website to provide downloads. If the website offering the downloads is not licensed or otherwise authorized by the copyright owner, it is not legal for you to download the episodes.

  4. Is transcribing a cover of a popular song into sheet music and selling it for a profit illegal?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Sarah Brady Kriss
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Paul Matthew Fakler
    3 lawyer answers

    Under United States law, if you do not obtain a license from the copyright owner of the song, it is not legal for you to transcribe a new version or arrangement of the song (which is a violation of the right to reproduce the work and the right to prepare derivative works), nor is it legal for you to sell it (or distribute it for free) to the public (which is a violation of the public distribution right). Even if you have made changes to your "version" of the song, if it is recognizable as...