I want to register my copyright of two photos I took. Shot from Brooklyn looking into lower Manhattan. The photo is of lower Manhattan with the one world trade, the verizon building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. I took the verizon logo off the building with Photoshop. Does any New York lawyer know if I can register the copyright of these photos With out some kind of violation? I know that some building in nyc have trademark and copyright protection. All these trademark building and copyright building is very confusing.
Copyright is federal and you can use an attorney from anywhere. Many of us here on Avvo will give you a free consultation.
You were not required to remove the Verizon logo. Have you never seen a picture of Times Square? You think the photographers remove every trademark in the shot?
Whether your use of these photos causes an IP issue depends on how exactly you use them and in what context. Otherwise, the fact that their logo appears is not in itself a problem so long as it is incidental to your work.
If you need clarification, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
DISCLAIMER: this is not intended to be specific legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. No attorney-client relationship is formed with the law firm of Natoli-Lapin, LLC on the basis of this posting.
Whether or not any of the buildings have trademark or copyright protection has no effect whatsoever on whether or not you can own or register the copyrights in your photos with the Copyright Office. The answer is a simple yes.
A photography/copyright lawyer can help protect you against liability when you are ready to publish, display, sell or license the photos.
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