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Bruce Leonard Beal

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  • Using a DBA name for anonymity, copyright, and income

    I want to use an alias for a website I'm creating so that I can remain anonymous, or as close to anonymous as I can get. The site will have reviews and comics. I will create the comics and will want to retain a copyright. The reviews could potent...

    Bruce’s Answer

    If someone really wants to discover an individual behind such an effort, they can. If you want to make it harder, a dba doesn't work as you need to provide your individual name in order to register it, which becomes a public record, unless you use a mere alias.

    Also, when you show your copyright notice, as you should, on your materials, you must legally use the owner's true name in the notice. Therefore, you should organize as a corporation or LLC (which, beware, has a minimum $800 annual franchise tax in California), and transfer all rights in the materials, or create all of the materials, in the name of the entity.

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  • How do I have unwanted pictures removed from the internet that were uploaded without my permission?

    how do I have unwanted pictures removed from the internet that were uploaded without my permission?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Whether you can remove these images (assuming they are of you) depends on the facts. Generally, one can photograph people in public places without consent with some exceptions, e.g. if the people have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms, or if the photos are used for commercial purposes without your consent. Assuming the latter, you could employ a PCMA takedown notice to the hoster of the images.

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