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Bruce E. Burdick

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  • How can you legally upload someone else's youtube video under your own account?

    Hello, I'd like to add subtitles to popular French youtubers clips and repost them under my own youtube account, and/or on a separate website. Will I run into legal problems if I post their modified clips? (All of these youtube...

    Bruce’s Answer

    What you propose is an unauthorized derivative work, an that is very likely infringement. The risk, however, is likely relatively low that these French posters will care. And, if they care, the likely recourse they would pursue is a DMCA take down. However, there is a slim chance you could be sued. YouTubers leave contact information, so the right thing is to ask permission.

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  • Copyright and or trademark infringement.

    Copyright and or trademark infringement. In the early to mid 2000’s we tried to get a trademark on our shirts and hats, for Hot Rod ****. We were selling them with our logo and original art work on them since the 1990s . We had to a...

    Bruce’s Answer

    If you did not obtaincopyright registration you likely have limited legal options and a case that is not financially viable. You also have no trademark rights to enforce it seems, if you lost an opposition by the real owner. Perhaps if you alert the company that opposed you, they will see fit to confront this more recent copycat. An IP attorney in your area might help with sorting this out. However, the financially wise thing might be to Let It Go.

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  • Have an idea for the production of a reality court TV show, how could an attorney help secure my idea, and the legal cost?

    I don't want to put my thinking out there until I secure my idea via copy write, writers and or production guilds. I feel this show is one like we've never seen before.

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    You will want to write down your TV show in as much detail as you can and obtain copyright pre-registration, I think. Then you will want an attorney to assist with your communications to make that communication prove an understanding that the people to whom you pitch have agreed to pay you if they use your copyright protected material or your concept. A savvy producer will not agree to such an understanding. Unfortunately, unless you have a string of prior shows, you will be at a negotiating disadvantage. The right attorney might give you some credibility.

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  • What is the best legal form in Illinois that will protect my intellectual property idea from anyone that I consult?

    I have an idea for a product that I am plan on pursuing consultation, cost, feasibility, manufacturing, patent search, prior art search, focus groups, taking to market, etc. I am an individual, not a company, and would like to do as much as I can ...

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    You need to consult a patent attorney to vet this company. The offer to sign a secrecy agreement is common to both good and bad inventor assistance companies and mean very little since you will authorize them to disclose in other documents, as they must to do this work. Generally they want your money not your invention. This could be legit, but sure sounds like Davison Design and Development, a very notorious invention promoter that would suggest you avoid. If so, your bigger concern is probably protecting your wallet and bank accounts.

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  • How do I protect original content I publish on my own business/personal blog/website from being copied or imitated elsewhere?

    I want to start my own blog/website with my own original content via images and text without the worry of someone coming along and copying me and stealing my ideas and workings. How do I do that legally?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Copying and plagiarism are rampant on the Internet. Many countries have minimal protection of content on the Internet. There are numerous technical measures you can try (hire an Internet Security engineer for that) and the DMCA policies often provide some protection against USA infringement. There are notices you can post. However, you should assume you can't protect against copying and operate accordingly, as hackers that can break into the world's most secure websites and computers can surely defeat yours if they desire. You can only do what is possible for you and hope it is enough. First moved advantage and brand protection will likely be your main protection.

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  • I have written a novel which is really non-fiction one of the characters has had 2 babies by married men names have been changed

    can she sue me?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Of course she can if she has the ability to do so and feels a judge would find this is clearly her and invades her right of privacy or is defamatory. You need to have this reviewed by a local attorney.

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  • Guest blogger outreach

    I am looking to hire an off shore provider to conduct guest blogger outreach for my ecommerce site. Are there any risks with this? I would be providing them with the articles to publish on the other webmasters sites.

    Bruce’s Answer

    Of course there are risks. However these seem within your control if you provide the content and control the site. There is a potential false advertising involved since the bloggers are likely not really being honest in posting what you give them to post. Consult with a local advertising law attorney for a review of the specifics.

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  • Explainer video for website

    I am hiring a provider who will be creating a ex plainer video for my ecommerce site. Are there any intellectual property issues that I need to be aware of? Does it matter what music, graphics, sound that is used in the video?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Yes, there are numerous intellectual property issues depending on your location, on location of the provider and the nature of the music, graphics, and sound used. There are lots of excellent Internet lawyers in the Los Angeles area.

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  • 2D drawings of movie & game characters in mobile trivia game?

    I have been throwing around the idea of creating a sort of trivia game for mobile devices and creating 2D cartoon versions of characters from movies, games, or other subjects for the games visual art. Can I legally create cartoon versions...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You want to make unauthorized derivatives of copyright protected material and make unauthorized use of trademarks and wonder if that is legal? Not hardly. Back to square one or expect big trouble. Start over and this time work closely with intellectual property legal counsel.

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  • Is it illegal to delete copyrighted material from a computer?

    I understand that the downloading of copyrighted material, such as an image from Google Images, is illegal. Would deleting that image or any other type of downloaded copyrighted material be considered the destruction of evidence? For instance, i...

    Bruce’s Answer

    Unless there is a litigation hold, destruction of illegal downloads is not prohibited, but rather encouraged as that mitigates damages somewhat. This removal of infringing images is also strategic as it makes further copying less likely and makes getting caught in the future less likely.

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