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Ronald David Coleman

Ronald Coleman’s Answers

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  • Can you copyright predictions?

    For instance if I give my reasoning on why I think the Jets will beat the Bears on my sports website, can I turn around and copyright this and try to sell this without fear of people reproducing my work. My fear is that because I include stats, o...

    Ronald’s Answer

    No, you cannot protect the copyright in your predictions or even your ideas. You can only protect a specific, tangible expression of them, such as in writing or in a broadcast, etc.

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  • If art is copied using a different medium is there a copyright issue?

    Painting to collage, painting to mosaic, photo to mosaic.

    Ronald’s Answer

    Yes, there certainly is.

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  • Can my employer ask to read my text messages on my phone from a friend if my phone is a personal phone and not a company one?

    A friend was fired and texted me why he was being escorted out. To let me know he was fired for not doing his job right. Nothing illegal. The boss overheard from some one that I had got this text and wanted to know what was said. Was he even able ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Your employer can certainly ask. Without a court order, it is unlikely that your employer can force you to reveal it. On the other hand, in most states, including Arizona, your employer can fire you for "any reason" or no reason at all. "Any reason," however, is qualified by many factors -- you may not be fired for a reason that would violate your civil rights. If this issue becomes acute, you would be well advised to discuss it with an Arizona attorney who is experienced in the area of employment rights and wrongful termination. If you are a union member, you should also discuss this issue with your shop steward or other contact person, as may be appropriate.

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

    If one wanted to write a blog post about a discussion on a message board or online forum, is it okay to quote from said forum? Can you quote full text from individual posts (say, a question asked, followed by three people's responses, even if the...

    Ronald’s Answer

    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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  • Transfer of copyright from criminal who holds copyright as payment for restitution judgment

    I have a friend who won a restitution judgment against the murder/rapist of her 10 yr old daughter. She was awarded 3.5 million. The murder/rapist has been published in writing based on his being incarcerated. He does speak about crime and victim ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    This will depend on the terms of the restitution judgment and the statute under which it was awarded. It may be possible to return to the court to request this relief.

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  • Is it legal to store music on server/web-site, accessing remotely

    All of my music is stored on a media server, all of that music has come from legal CDs that I have purchased over the years. I understand that I am allowed to make and keep one copy on my computer. I have recently started listening to my music, fr...

    Ronald’s 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 rather that in my view, given my understanding of these issues, it should not.

    I am sorry if this is not too helpful. Unfortunately, this is the state of copyright law today! To get a sense of how complicated this is, see the link below.

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

    i had filed a motion to vacte a default judgement i never recived a court date the platiffs laywer now sent a letter aking the judge not to vacaste the judgement what should i do no write the court or wait for their answer this was from a debt col...

    Ronald’s 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.

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  • Being sued over trademark infringment

    Hello again, Please let me start by saying thank you to all the lawyers who answered my previous question. You all were very helpful. My question now is this: The person threatening to sue me emailed me a pdf document saying I must give up my webs...

    Ronald’s Answer

    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.

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  • Reply to Cross-Motion

    I filed a Motion to Enforce Litigant's Rights (NJ) against ex-wife. She responded w/ a certification in support of cross motion & in opposition to motion. Do I reply in opposition to the cross motion & do I attach brief to support the motion?

    Ronald’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Tan, unless the cross-motion does not actually raise new factual or legal issues already addressed in your original papers. But to play it safe and avoid waiver, answering appears to be wise.

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  • Trademark / Copyright protection for design/idea that would involve major league team logo's within design???

    Is there a way I can copyright / protect a design/idea that includes major league sports teams logos within it? I realize in order for the design to be used on products it would need to be licensed by the leagues. I'm just wondering if I can get...

    Ronald’s Answer

    The short answer is that you are very unlikely to be able to "protect" your "idea." Ideas are generally not protectible. Copyright protects works of originality; trademark protects the association of a word or symbol with a product or service; patents protect truly novel inventions -- but unique or clever marketing or even product ideas are usually not protectible by the intellectual property laws.

    If, however, your idea really is that exceptional one that is protectible, using someone else's trademark for the purposes you describe, such as to demonstrate a possible product or endorsement idea privately, is arguably not a trademark infringement for you to do so. On the other hand, why not demonstrate your idea utilizing mockups that include fictional trademarks to play it safe?

    You really will want to run this by a lawyer.

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