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- J.D. (2005)
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- Fighting Florida Trademark Infringement Online
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17 Questions Answered
- Q. Is it legal to sell Michael Jackson tshirt, muhamad Ali tshirt, frida kahlo tshirt online, can I get in trouble for that
- A: Perhaps. Privacy and publicity rights protect personal interests of the people who are represented in, or by, the work so in this case the artists you mentioned above. There are a few states currently that have statutes where the right of publicity survives the death of the person and protection could be as long as 100 years. The other area you would need to consider is where you are getting the images of these celebrities to place on your t-shirt and if you are violating the copyright of the image owner. I suggest you contact an IP attorney to examine your own particular case to determine if you are violating any rights.
- Q. My business partner & I are starting an online graphic design company.Should we operate as Sole Proprietors or as a LLC?
- A: By virtue of the fact that you have a business partner, you won’t be able to operate as a sole proprietor. It would be a partnership. The decision to operate as an LLC, partnership or a corporation will vary depending on the type of business, growth trajectory of the business, such as if you ever plan on bringing in outside investors etc. You and your partner will be best served by contacting an attorney to guide you with this process, as well as assist you in drafting either an operating agreement, bylaw or partnership agreement that include critical partnerships terms such as buyout of one partner etc.
- Q. Can I re active my trade mark if is was cancelled?
- A: A trademark Owner may file a request to reinstate a registration if the registration was cancelled or expired for failure to file a section 8 affidavit, trademark renewal or response if they can provide proof that the cancellation was due to USPTO error or that the registrant didn’t receive the post-registration action.
- Q. I created a character,at a small business I started, then I dissolved the business,can an ex employee, make claim to it
- A: Without more it is difficult to determine but the question would be, did the employee create it while under your employment and did you have an agreement that basically said anything created by an employee for the employer belongs to the company etc or did you yourself create the character? Definitely give an attorney a call, with these questions in mind to better advice you.
- Q. I'm salary non exempt manager for a dunking donuts work 50 hours a week but only getting paid for 40 hours.
- A: If you are non exempt and are working more than 50 hours a week but only getting paid for 40, you most likely have a right to over time and possibly back payment of any overtime you haven’t been paid for. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible
- Q. I owe my boss money from a loan can they take my my check
- A: The information you provided is quite vague. The answer would depend on if you signed a repayment agreement or promissory note, Is your boss the employer or owner of the company? What type of loan did you take out, a 401k etc? Having an attorney review your loan agreement will be your best option.
- Q. I was president of a company and of the board. I went and paid the employees of the company without board approval now
- A: Hi, your best bet would be to contact a business attorney who can review either your operating agreement or Bylaw to see what the expense clause says and how much you can use for a payment settlement without the approval of the board. That would be a good place to start from.
- Q. I work as a copywriter for a marketing agency and would like to put some of my best works in a physical portfolio.
- A: The answer to your question depends on the employment contract you signed with the marketing agency and whether you can share the portfolio. I would look to see what their requirement states first. As far as copyright law, technically if you were hired as a work for hire with all intellectual property belonging to the agency, that this will be considered the intellectual property of your marketing agency and not you.
- Q. Isn't an action without a meeting a violation on the Board's part of the Florida Sunshine Law?
- A: Here in Florida, meetings by the board are determined by or in accordance with the Bylaws of the Corporation, so that would be a good place to start. In any event, a special meeting can generally be called by The president, chair of the board of directors; board of directors; other officers or persons as are provided for in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws; and the holders of at least 5 percent of the voting power of a corporation when one or more written demands for the meeting, which describe the purpose for which the meeting is to be held, are signed, dated, and delivered to a corporate officer.
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