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Ray Beckerman

Flushing Copyright Infringement Attorney.

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  1. Can i use a partial name that a competitor has for my business?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ray Beckerman
    2. Gerry J. Elman
    3. William Leroy Montague Jr.
    4. Maurice N Ross
    5. Bruce E. Burdick
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to consult with a trademark attorney, providing the information which you are not providing here -- i.e. identify the 2 trademarks, explain what your business does, explain what you believe the other company does, etc. The trademark attorney may be able to give you an opinion on the spot, or the attorney may need to obtain a trademark search (out of pocket disbursement ~ $700) and evaluate it.

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  2. Who has the legal rights to our band name, music, art, and/or social media platforms?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ray Beckerman
    2. Molly Cristin Hansen
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    4. Ivan Jose Parron
    5. John E. Whitaker
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    6 lawyer answers

    You are asking a lot of questions, and providing zero information from which the answers to any of the questions might be determined. These are complex questions, because usually the band members don't enter into written agreements which would have made them simple questions. All you can do is go to an experienced attorney like myself, explain the facts as best you can, provide whatever documents there are, and start working with the attorney to try to take an assertive position. Don't...

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  3. I need help sending a defamation cease and desist letter to an internet website company and their web hosting company.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mitchell Paul Goldstein
    2. Ray Beckerman
    3. Brian Keith Felderstein
    4. Barry Franklin Poulson
    5. Kavon Adli
    5 lawyer answers

    That response indicates that you have to bring a lawsuit. By 'legal action' I don't think they meant a letter.

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  4. Is the name of a general partnership always a fictitious business name?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    2. George William Wolff
    3. Ray Beckerman
    4. John E. Whitaker
    4 lawyer answers

    Not at all. Can use real names.

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  5. What EXACTLY does 'fair use' allow you to do legally?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ivan Jose Parron
    2. Ray Beckerman
    3. Maurice N Ross
    4. Robert A. Stumpf
    5. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    5 lawyer answers

    It's a very complex area of the law. It's on a case by case basis. There is no way to give an opinion except upon a very specific set of facts, and even then it's often difficult to say with any degree of certainty if a use is a fair use or not. I would love to see regulations or statutes which spell it out more clearly, but there aren't any.

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  6. Can Vinyl LPs be sold with the CD Back-up?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Konrad V. Sherinian
    2. Ray Beckerman
    3. Maurice N Ross
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    4 lawyer answers

    The heading of your question is quite misleading. The real question you are asking is quite different. Assuming the works are copyrighted works which have not gone into the public domain: You are free to sell the vinyl LP's. You are not free to make "backup" copies of them. You are not free to sell "backup" copies of them.

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  7. Does this business have grounds to sue me on trademark infringement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Charles Doland
    2. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    3. Kevin Brendan Murphy
    4. Gordon Philip Firemark
    5. Mario Sergio Golab
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    9 lawyer answers

    This is not a simple question. You should consult with a good trademark expert on this one. I can recommend someone in San Francisco.

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  8. How do I protect a made-up word used in my marketing?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ray Beckerman
    2. David Alexander Browde
    3. John E. Whitaker
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. Daniel Nathan Ballard
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    6 lawyer answers

    I would suggest treating it as a trademark. You need to confer with a trademark lawyer.

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  9. Can a multimillion dollar Civil Suit still be filed if I plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ray Beckerman
    2. Benjamin J Lieberman
    3. Richard C. Southard
    4. Joseph A Lo Piccolo
    4 lawyer answers

    If you pled guilty to a misdemeanor, I don't see how you can sue someone for having said you did the thing to which you pled guilty. As to whether you have a case against the company, you would need to consult with a lawyer, giving all the facts. I don't see any point in your bringing such a case without legal representation.

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  10. Transferring the copyright from a photographer paid to take pictures of a few dresses I designed?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John E. Whitaker
    2. Robert Scott Lawrence
    3. Ray Beckerman
    4. William Leroy Montague Jr.
    5. Ivan Jose Parron
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    6 lawyer answers

    It's not necessarily so clear, but the way to make it clear would be to enter into a written agreement that the photographs were "works for hire" and that you are the owner of the copyrights in the photographs. If the photographer signs, fine. If not, then the situation remains murky.

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