Copyrights Legal Questions and Answers

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What is Needed to Protect the Copyright to Song Lyrics?

I supplied the lyrics and vocals to a rap song with a 3rd party sample being used in the beat. I obviously cannot publish this music myself without the clearance of the sample with the publishing company the original song belongs to. However, can someone publish my lyrics and vocals to the song without my consent if they're presently unpublished? Currently, I have submitted m...

08/04/2011   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: Georgia   |   #25279

Who Owns the Copyright to a Book After Someone Dies?

First, I live in Maryland but the trust of my deceased mothers resides in San Mateo County, California. My question is, who own the rights to the copyright of my deceased mothers book? She did not specify the 'copyright owner' in her will or trust. I have 3 brothers. Two of which, and myself, have a shared interest in my mothers estate. My mother kept the original of her book, ...

07/14/2011   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: Maryland   |   #25177

What Can I Do if Someone Plagiarized My Work?

MY WEB NEWS PAGE WAS PLAGIARIZED BY A MEDIA COMPANY VERBATIM, INCLUDING MY CUSTOM DESIGNED BANNER. NO QUOTES OR CREDIT TO MY SITE, RATHER SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR OF THE SITE CONTAINING MY ARTICLE. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

06/06/2011   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: New York   |   #24977

What is Fair Use of Copyrighted Material by a Teacher?

Hi, As a teacher of a small elementary school I am wondering if under 'fair use' I may recite and act out HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS OR CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS as part of a Christmas concert at our school. Some of the songs from the books made into tv show specials would be sung as well. There would only be one performance for the parents and admission would be free. I woul...

06/22/2010   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: New Hampshire   |   #22448

Can I Set Up a Website for Music I Download on the Internet?

I want to download, record or otherwise procure from the internet the following: available-without-fee, free-of-charge, live musical performances (from sources such as NPR-affiliate radio stations), edit those recordings, removing unwanted chit-chat, tuning, interviews, etc., and then offer those edited versions for free download, or for an 'editor's fee', on the internet, so t...

02/13/2010   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: California   |   #20941

How Do I Protect My Copyright in Distributing a Preliminary Copy of a Book?

I want to distribute a preliminary copy of intellectual property (non copyright protected book). How do I protect against duplication?

01/14/2010   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: Michigan   |   #20446

Is a Parody of a Book Title Copyright Infringement?

I have an idea of writing a book and the title and contents would be a play on words of movie titles. Would this be subject to liscensing fees and or be considered copyright infringement?

09/02/2009   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: California   |   #18397

Georgia photographer inquires about copyright protection

I'm a photographer,and need a legal form that states whatever photos I take of someone, will never be sold, or posted anywhere by any media.

08/06/2009   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: Georgia   |   #17977

Vermont questioner asks about unauthorized reproduction of his original work in textbook.

A college textbook was published using one of my short stories. There has been 5 editions since that time and no effort was made to contact me for permission. How do I pursue this matter?

08/02/2009   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: Vermont   |   #17899

Registration of Copyright.

How Do I Register My Copyright?

07/23/2009   |   Category: Copyrights   |   State: ALL   |   #17730
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