Copyright and Trademark Law with Gordon Firemark


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Have you ever wondered if a free design was actually free? What are the rules when it comes to art, digitizing, and navigating the trials and tribulations of copyright and trademark law? Well, the 2 Regular Guys are excited to have attorney, Gordon P Firemark joining us to figure out these questions and more. Gordon is an experienced attorney who also is the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update, a podcast for artists and professionals.

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Copyright and Trademark Law

Aaron: Start us off with a little more background about you. I loved your story about your last name on your website, so maybe start there and just tell us a little more about you.

Terry: We received a lot of great questions from our listeners so we would like to get them answered in no particular order. Let’s start with… When is a free design not free?

Aaron: Sharing of designs and logos. What if I buy a design on the internet how do I know if I can use it and it has been stolen from elsewhere?

Terry: Can I take my local junior sports team logo or will I still need permission?

Aaron: Where does decorating for a private purpose stop being private and become commercial from a legal standpoint? (Samples etc.)

Terry: How is it that folks selling on ETSY appear to be selling Trademarked goods (Disney, Pro Sports, College, etc.) every day with impunity? The Internet appears to have made enforcement the Wild West. So what is and is not being enforced?

Aaron: How come Disney can use stories that are in the public domain for centuries and transform them and the characters in copyright material?

Terry:  We also got a question about fonts. the Disney font, Star Trek font, Star Wars font, etc. Can these be used to make their own logos and designs?

Aaron: When a designer and the customer are working together on an art project, who owns the art? The designer, the customer or the company paying the designer for their time?

Terry: How do you go about getting a design/saying that goes along with your brand copyrighted? Finding a trademark lawyer? What do we need to do on our end!?

Aaron: Where can people find your Podcast, your Law Practice and how can they put you on retainer?

Gordon Firemark is an entertainment, media and business lawyer who helps creatives, business owners and entrepreneurs to bridge the gap between art and commerce, structuring their businesses and making deals that make good sense. He’s the host of the Entertainment Law Update Podcast, author of The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide, and the developer of three online training programs for: theatre producers, law-podcasters, and digital entrepreneurs. At home near Los Angeles.. he too is a regular guy… putting family first.  He has a superhero of a wife, three beautiful children, three cats, a dog and a mortgage.

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