Ronald David Coleman’s Answers

Ronald David Coleman

New York Litigation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 10
  1. Is it legal to store music on server/web-site, accessing remotely

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    The remoteness of your server should have nothing to do with the legality of your actions. There is a very serious dispute over whether you really are entitled to keep a copy of your CD music on your computer. But whether or not "your computer" relies on data available only to you but stored somewhere else, or is limited to your desktop only, should not affect how that dispute is resolved. This does not mean that one side or the other will not try to argue that it should affect it, but...

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  2. Can emails be used as evidence & how do i prove it's real? Is it acceptable to print it directly from the internet?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    Emails are used as evidence the same way any other written communication, such as a letter, is used. You can print it out but be prepared to be asked a lot of questions about how you got it. Be sure not to delete the original version that is in your inbox. It is best if you can print the email out with all its "header" information. Very few cases involve faked emails. Judges realize that not too many people are sophisticated enough to fake an email convincingly, and that they almost always...

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  3. I want to morph two logos into one and do some additional editing...Legal or not?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    2. Carlos Gonzalez
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    4. James Juo
    4 lawyer answers

    As usual, my colleagues here have spoken well. There is nothing new under the sun. Every logo, ever new word, every brand is based on bits and pieces of other associations that are out there in the world. The only thing that matters in trademark law is whether there would be a likelihood of confusion between your new logo and either of the ones you are basing it on -- or, as Pamela Koslyn aptly points out, whether you risk "diluting" either of them either. These are basically questions...

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  4. Is it legal to quote some of the text from a message board, or would this be copyright infringement?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald K. Phillips
    2. Ronald David Coleman
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    What my colleagues have said here has been said well, but in short, you can almost certainly do it. You may find these two links helpful. These are issues with which I am very involved.

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  5. After shoplifting I received a letter from Palmer, Reifler & Associates demanding 500$ to deter a civil suit. Do I pay?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Ronald David Coleman
    3 lawyer answers

    This is a potentially serious matter on a number of scores. You must contact a New York attorney as soon as possible. Do not depend on an online answer in deciding what to do here -- it could affect your future very significantly.

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  6. Am I eligible to file wrongful termination litigation against an employer as an Independent Contractor.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    The claim you describe may not technically be a "termination," because you are a contractor, but you do seem to have raised enough questions here that a visit to a plaintiffs' employment law attorney (even though you were a contractor -- he or she will understand this and also be familiar with the applicable law) in New York would be well advised.

  7. HS Logo Morph - Part 2

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    2. Kaiser Wahab
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    You have really reached the point where, one way or another, in order to get an answer on which you can really, you will have to find a lawyer who will help you out, perhaps even pro bono or for reduced fee. This should not be that difficult in the area where you live!

  8. If a business name is trademarked in the US but i have the european trademark can i trade in the eu without infringement.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    2. Gerry J. Elman
    3. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    4. Bernard Samuel Klosowski Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    This is simply not a question, unfortunately, that can be answered without the assistance of a lawyer who can evaluate the scope of rights protected by the U.S. trademark, which European countries are involved, and the precise nature of the goods, services and channels of trade. Having said that, and without knowing anything besides what you have said, you probably risk a lot by proceeding with use of the mark in sales channels, such as the Internet, that could implicate the U.S. market --...

  9. What should i do when the platiff sends a letter after i filed a motion to vacate asking the judgeto deny the motion

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Ronald David Coleman
    1 lawyer answer

    Issues of service, notice, debt collection and out of state judgment are highly technical. You really should discuss this situation with a lawyer before you have assets taken from you, perhaps without legal justification.

  10. Being sued over trademark infringment

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. David Alexander Browde
    2. Ronald David Coleman
    3. Steven L. O'Donnell
    4. Pamela Koslyn
    4 lawyer answers

    It doesn't matter how you got the cease and desist letter -- in fact it may not even matter if you did at all. If you have infringed a trademark you can be sued without getting a warning. You need to see a lawyer unless you decide simply to surrender to the other side.