I was recently given 20% of the company that I have managed for 16 years. The owner which is sole proprietor typed a letter and had it notarized. Some family members that live in the same state have never been involved in the business and didn't e...
It's hard to understand what was given since the question states that the business is a sole proprietorship. There are no shares in such a business organization. I would consult a business lawyer licensed in your state to review and advise on the current state of the business and any interest that you may have.See question
To whom this may concern hi, my name is Richard keys but I go by the name heman493 on my youtube podcast called Animanga Nation. I RecentlyI came upon a website call FullScreen a Network that features YouTuber like screw attack and sssniperwol...
Copyright and trademark protection for content and brand are two things a startup media venture needs. As my colleague suggests, any trademark lawyer can assist in searching existing trademarks and preparing new registrations. I would also look at business structure, especially where the potential partners live in different states and may have different ideas or expectations about goals, revenue sharing, etc. Consult an attorney who is a good fit for you as soon as you can.See question
We are a new video production company and trying to build our portfolio. We want to showcase a few California cities. We will NOT be paid for this - it's only to show our work. I want to know if we can film people in public or exterior signs w...
Anyone may photograph any building as it normally appears from public places where it is ordinarily visible. But decorative elements on specific buildings can be protected by copyright. Depicting trademarks, such as may appear on building signage, may also require caution. Fair use may apply in many cases, but this is a fact-specific question that can't be answered in a forum like Avvo. I would consult with an entertainment attorney for advice on clearance early in the project.See question
I want to start a sole proprietorship and I am a licensed therapist, but I want to be one payroll as well. Can I legally do that and take deductions out through DBA name? Even though there is no separation of the two
The ability to take a reasonable salary from a sole proprietorship suggests that a single-member LLC taxed as an S-corporation might be a good business structure. Neither a sole proprietorship nor a DBA, however, is the same as a legal entity. Simply operating under another name would not change the tax relationship between a sole proprietor and his or her business income.See question
I would like to create a youth sports channel for local youth sports athletes, I just do not want to start and upload videos, without knowing how it all works.
At a minimum, it would be a good idea to obtain personal releases from parents or guardians for use of minors' likenesses.See question
I registered a domain name for an online arts archive and quarterly journal. I'm doing this to gather together in one place a collection of resources for a specific, historically significant American art form. It's not intended to be a business. ...
Excellent questions! Decisions about the type of organization or entity to form are fundamental parts of new business planning. Protecting intellectual property such as trademarks is another important step to consider. Since Avvo offers only a limited forum for answers, I would suggest looking for a business lawyer in your state and sitting down with him or her to consult about the broad legal issues raised by your potential venture. Many small business attorneys will provide an initial consultation at no cost. Good luck!See question
These tee shirts are for a group of 70 students and chaperones. They are not being sold. We are adding "2017" under the "B" and all the students names on either side of the "B".
The addition of names, years, etc. to a registered trademark would not likely change the fact that such marks may not generally be used without a license from the mark owner. This is certainly the case with athletic team and league logos. While a single personal use would not be an infringement, use on a larger quantity of goods would not be prudent. The risk would be increased where such goods are distributed to others, especially in the mark owner's territory. Boston would seem to offer an abundant supply of public domain symbols that could be used without fear of violating anyone's trademark rights.See question
Hello, I want to show my app to a lawyer to see if the name and design can be protected, and how I can go about protecting them. This may be a paranoid question, but are there any precautions I should take before showing it to a lawyer (like ha...
Rules of professional conduct applicable to lawyers would prevent unauthorized disclosure of client communications. They apply to prospective clients (those contacting the lawyer seeking legal services), so one should not fear discussing potential representation.See question
I have seen several videos of organizations taking popular songs and making lip sync videos to them. Do you have to have a license to do this?
I agree with my colleague. Performances like this would infringe copyrights in both the musical composition and the recording. It is possible that the risk would be small, but it would be prudent for an organization thinking about such a performance to request licenses. If it has legal counsel, they should be consulted first. If not, contact a copyright attorney in the applicable state.See question