Pamela Koslyn’s Answers

Pamela Koslyn

Los Angeles Business Attorney.

Contributor Level 20
  1. Question about sales - online documents

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Frank A. Natoli
    3. Nicholas Basil Spirtos
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. Legal Zoom does it, as do others. There's currently litigation about LegalZoom's apparent practicing law without a license, but that aside, I'd note that very few legal matters can be done _properly_ without a lawyer, and you may not find out until it's too late - such as a Will that doesn't accomplish what's intended, and you're dead and never know, a writer's collaboration agreement that should have been a work for hire agreement, a trademark application that should have been a service...

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  2. Can I take my own photos of landmarks in Los Angeles and sell them?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Molly Cristin Hansen
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Gordon Philip Firemark
    4. John E. Whitaker
    5. Bruce E. Burdick
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    As my colleague notes, you're free to create photos from public BUILDINGS, as the Copyright Act statute set out below states. But non-buildings such as the iconic Hollywood sign and the Santa Monica Pier may be copyrighted as SCULPTURE, and/or maybe trademarked. No one owns the ocean or the skyline (which includes buildings, mountains, etc.) so images of those would be ok, and uyes, photos you create and their copyrights should be owned by you, but you really should hire a lawyer to make...

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  3. Is any one here that can actually help? Pro Se IP litigation

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Richard Straussman
    3. John E. Whitaker
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5 lawyer answers

    You're got such an offensive, entitled and self-righteous attitute I doubt you'll have any luck getting anyone to help you pro bono, but you might try Legal Aid (who are paid by the taxpayers) or Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (who ae actual volunteers, so you'll have to be a whole lot more nice and grateful). http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/is-any-one-here-that-can-actually-help--616469.html?ref=result_7_title

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  4. Branded items appearing incidentally in erotic photographs?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    3. James Juo
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. Alexander H Butterman
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    If your photos can be construed as being endorsed by or affiliated with the products, or your photo's subject matter causes an unflattering association with their brand, then you could expose yourself to a suit for trademark infringement, trademark disparagement, and trademark dilution. You can understand why a well-known brand like Pepsi wouldn't want their product anywhere near anything sexually themed. They've spent a ton of money to establish their brand in the marketplace, and they...

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  5. Can a Tax Exempt Organization create revenue from intellectual rights? For instance - from their logo (trademarked). ... etc.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Clifford D. Hyra
    3. Gerry J. Elman
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, tax exempt/non-profit corporations are allowed to own property --real, personal, and intellectual-- and make money, including money from trademarked goods. It's important not to lose the tax exempt status if and when you get it, so make sure you have good corporate counsel and you know the rules. Please see the "how to" guides linked below. And see an IP lawyer to acquire the trademark rights when you're ready to create some merchandise.

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  6. I signed a contract and never received a signed copy on the other parties behalf. Am I obligated to the terms of the contract?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Marc Jacobson
    3. David M. Slater
    4. Rand E Sacks Esq.
    4 lawyer answers

    Only your own lawyer who's reviewed the particular contract you signed can provide meaningful guidance about what it provides, and at the risk of sounding like a scold, you should have consulted a lawyer BEFORE you signed this contract. Here are is some general information that applies to all or some management contracts: Management contracts, like other kids of contracts, are usually not subject to "rescission" (cancellation) unless they say they are. But sometimes management contracts...

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  7. Should I close my LLC and re-open under a new business to avoid creditors from taking my money?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. William James Waters
    3. Stephen Nathan Doan
    3 lawyer answers

    What a mess. Apparently you've got creditors suing you and executing on judgments, which must have happened before you filed or bankruptcy protection. No one one on this forum is going to advise you how to avoid your creditors if it can't be done legally, and there are fraudulent transfer conveyance laws that prohibit transferring assets for this purpose. Moving assets lkike a trademark (which you refer as a trade name) from an indebited LLC to another new entity you own and control to avoid...

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  8. Question about debt collection letter from attorney

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Michael Stephen Agruss
    3. Dorothy G Bunce
    4. Robert Harlan Stempler
    5. Richard Scott Lysle
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, although this isn't the standard debt collection language that debt collectors use. It doesn't mean anything other than what it says - they haven't reviewed the underlying documents so they don't know if the creditor is also entitled to interest, legal fees, etc. Review the contract and statements at issue, and get the debt validated.

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  9. Would it be in my benefit if my my husband and i filed joint or separately for taxes?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. David Raymond Mahood
    3. James D. Wade
    4. Anna Barsegyan
    5. Robert Jan Suhajda
    5 lawyer answers

    It's almost always to a couple's benefit to file jointly, but this is really a question for your CPA since they know all the details (like your income, not just the ratio of his income to yours). It's also something for your family lawyer to address in your divorce proceeding since a tax return refund is a community property asset.

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  10. Can I dispute a trademark for misrepresenting its class of business?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Konrad V. Sherinian
    3. Gerry J. Elman
    4. David Nima Sharifi
    5. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr
    5 lawyer answers

    Just because there are no hats or t-shirts on their website doesn't mean they're not using their TM for those goods, or [erhaps that TM is an intent-to-use TM and they haven't started using it yet. If you think you've got grounds to petition to cancel someone's trademark, it's theoretically possible to hire an IP litigator to pursue that goal. But the cost of doing that is likely prohibitive, so that's something only the most well-financed parties do. For a brand new company like yours, it'...

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