I assume that "designer inspired" is a euphamism for a knock-off, right? There are lots of potential laws that you might be violating by selling knock-offs, even if you disclose that they are not genuine articles.
First, depending on the type of articles at issue, it might be considered copyright infringement, which has nothing to do with whether you disclose that the article is genuine or not. For example, I think that Luis Vuitton claims copyright protection over the patterns of the...
Your best bet would be to seek an initial consultation with an intellectual property attorney, who can advise you regarding whether patent, trade secret, or some other method of intellectual property or contractual protection is best suitable for your proposed business.
For example, you may want to file a provisional patent application and use a non-disclosure agreement when pitching aspects of the business to investors. But, without knowing more, it is impossible to know whether those (or...
No. Passing the patent bar is not required to practice in the areas of copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, or other legal areas that fall under the "intellectual property" umbrella or are related to that category. Also, passing the patent bar is not necessary to litigate patent infringement cases.
Passing the patent bar is only necessary to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in patent issues (e.g., preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications).
There are really a few questions wrapped into this. The first is relatively simple: the Copyright Office provides procedures for registering works under a pseudonym. I recommend exploring www.copyright.gov to learn more about the registration process.
The other questions are a bit more complex, dealing with whether it makes sense for you or a business entity to own the copyright, how to effectively transfer title in copyrights, and how to effectively pass on copyrights to heirs.
You might be eligible to participate in YouTube's ContentID system, which could allow you to monetize the videos posted by others.
I don't mean to be flippant, but aren't those questions better posed to your trademark attorney? They, presumably, know the facts of your case a lot better than anyone online does. And if they don't know the answer, then they are probably not very experienced in trademark matters.
You've probably got a lot more to worry about than just the album cover art, to be honest. The best thing for you to do would to get releases/assignments/work-made-for-hire agreements from every featured artist and all other contributors to the music/album, covering right of publicity, copyright, etc.
If you do not, and you are fortunate enough to find success with your music, you will also very likely find yourself sharing the proceeds of that success more heavily with your co-contributors...
Maybe nothing. Maybe the minor gets sued. Maybe the minor and his/her parent(s) and/or guardian(s) get sued. Maybe many other things.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to "what happens." If you are facing allegations of copyright infringement, you (and perhaps your parents/guardians) would be wise to consult with a copyright attorney.
Hopefully your agreement was in writing, as that will be much easier to enforce than any oral agreement. At any rate, you my have claims for breach of contract and/or copyright infringement, but that will depend on the specific terms of your agreement with the filmmaker. An experienced copyright attorney should be able to review your agreement and craft a suitable demand letter, hopefully resulting in the appropriate credit being given. In the event the filmmaker is not willing to cooperate,...
The answer to this question (1) will depend on many facts that are not included in your question (and should be discussed privately with an attorney, not online), and (2) will not be a certain yes/no answer, but an educated assessment of risk and likelihood.
If you are putting time, money, and effort into selecting and building a brand, you should speak with a trademark attorney to ensure that time, money, and effort is not going to waste.
I'd be happy to offer an initial consultation if...