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Shirley Kim

Shirley Kim’s Answers

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  • Can i copy right my lyrics to a beat that belongs to someone else

    hi im problem child.i am in the process of puting out a mixtape.but lack on information as to what would be the safest way to do so.one of my questions is,is there a way you can copyright the whole mixtape under one work.while this is a mixtape no...

    Shirley’s Answer

    Hi Problem Child,

    The simple answer to your first above stated question is that you cannot copyright the whole mistape under one work because the majority of songs are to beats that are already famous or already exist under someone else's copyright. Unless you received their license to use their beats, then you would be infringing on their copyright and opening yourself up to legal liability. It would be the same scenario if someone "borrowed" your track or lyrics or beats for their own mixtape. Wouldn't you be upset if you heard a song that had your lyrics in it without your permission?

    As for your second question, yes, you can apply for a copyright for the lyrics that you have written, as long as you wrote them yourself.

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  • Can I change or add something to my Corporate name without having to create a whole new corporation?

    My corporate name is simply "Name", I want the legal name to be "Name of Santa Monica". I have also thought of completely changing the name of my corporation, are these things possible without creating a whole new corporation. Also if one of the...

    Shirley’s Answer

    You can see my article below that explains how to amend your articles of incorporation to change your corporation name with the Secretary of State.

    As for your second question, I believe you are talking about a loan modification? His house loan mod would not affect your corporation.

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  • In California as a security guard, is it legal to make guests leave an apartment or property if they were invited?

    The apartments I patrol constantly have problems with residents inviting over trouble makers (mainly terrible children). Currently I make them leave and not come back by telling them they are no longer welcome at this private property and will be ...

    Shirley’s Answer

    I'm sure that your duties as a security guard are laid out plainly in your contract with your employer. If the people you are escorting out are the guests of the homeowners, then they are not trespassers, they are guests (or licensees). If they are causing a public disturbance or are otherwise breaking the law, then, I would assume that your company provides you with certain procedures to handle those situations.

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  • How do i make my file sharing site legal and keep myself protected from litigation

    Just launched a new file sharing startup for people to share their own creative works and their own digital property rapidly, with others. We've received a lot of traction in the market and people love how simple it is and easy to use as a tool. ...

    Shirley’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague, a simple answer is not what you are looking for to protect yourself in this field. If you are actively working in that arena, you must know of all the litigation that occurs with file sharing sites. There are so many considerations you will have to keep in mind, such as disclaimers and procedures to name a few.

    I strongly advise you to find a local attorney that is skilled in this area of law and make that person your new best friend. You are going to need their advise more than once for your new venture, and if you are serious about making your company last for the long run, an attorney is an expense you should not skimp on.

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  • I am 18 and i want to be a porn star how do i go about getting into the adult industry

    and i live in camden nj

    Shirley’s Answer

    I don't know that this is a question that requires particular legal knowledge, but you might want to try getting representation by an agent that works in that particular industry. Having a good agent or manager on your side, in my opinion, is essential not only because you can weed through the muck, but they will also protect your interests. I wouldn't want you to become victim to any of those scammers out there who promise fame in this particular industry you are looking to get into (aka stay away from craigslist). Again, that's just my opinion. Try a simple google search with your question and there are a variety of agencies that pop up in that arena. Good luck and be safe!

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  • I had an LLC in Oklahoma, but moved to CA and applied for a CA LLC and will be using the same FEIN. Is this okay?

    Can I use the same FEIN number from an LLC I formed in Oklahoma for the new LLC I will be forming in CA? I will be closing down the LLC in Oklahoma asap.

    Shirley’s Answer

    As my colleagues have stated clearly, if you are closing down the OK LLC, then the affiliated FEIN will also go away with the LLC. When you apply for the new CA LLC, then you would apply for a new EIN.

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  • I want to trade mark a word/logo for a clothing line, but a battery company is using the word i want to use. can i still use it?

    http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4007:a722dt.2.1 this is the trademark info. I want to use the word aeternus and put it inside a logo for a clothing line

    Shirley’s Answer

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    Trademarks are used to protect the names, symbols and slogans used to differentiate products and services. The main crux is to avoid confusion in the same "stream of commerce" based upon sight, sound and meaning. In your scenario, you want to make a clothing line with the word "aeternus" while there is an existing company out there with a trademark for the same name but used in the field of batteries. So, while batteries and clothing are not in the same stream of commerce and there should be no likelihood of confusion, I would recommend that you still consult an experienced trademark attorney, since the trademark office takes into account more than just the spelled word "aeternus" when deciding to grant your trademark. There are a variety of other considerations to make to be sure your trade name will be granted - such as similar sounding names although spelled differently (e.g. "eturnus").

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  • Do i have to share royalties?

    I paid cash for a producer to mix, engineer, and record my songs. He likes them so much he wants to shop the record. Do I owe him anything to do that? Do I have to pay him royalties if I get signed to a record deal?

    Shirley’s Answer

    Well, the most basic answer based on what you described would be no. However, the more realistic answer is that you probably will end up paying him something. No one does anything for free in this industry. And my major cause for concern for you is that you don't seem to have anything in writing with your producer outlining all the terms of your record production (e.g. mixing,engineering, recording) and what kind of compensation and/or points he is getting, if any. My best advice to you is that you should definitely consult with an attorney, get all terms and conditions for every service provided and all compensation to be rendered in a signed writing. You will avoid future headaches by making everything as plain as day now.

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  • Use of image or likeness

    I see other companies using images and likenesses of the famous boxer John L. Sullivan commercially and would like to also. Is this legal? How do i know if someone owns the rights to his likeness?

    Shirley’s Answer

    The right of publicity is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image or likeness. In normal circumstances, to legally use one's name, image or likeness, you must obtain the proper permission. However, John L. Sullivan has been deceased since 1918 and the general rule no longer applies to persons deceased over 70 years. Therefore, the use of his image does not require any permission or licensing.

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