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conradmpowell

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No one taking up the offer of free Legal Advice. LOL
Posted: Jun 8, 2012 8:35 PM
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What a world we have become when lawyers are begging to be used and no one wants them. LOL

I promise for everyone who downloads, (I'm taking a deep breath) I will answer a legal question. Just post your legal question on this thread I will answer it. This offer is good until 3 AM June 9, Eastern Standard Time. The lawyer is in. Thanks folks. But please head to my freebie and download it. Help me to replace Amanda Hocking's Hollowland which is #1 (smile).

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0089NON2G

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conradmpowell

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Posted: Jun 8, 2012 11:16 PM   in response to: conradmpowell in response to: conradmpowell
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avaganda10

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Re: No one taking up the offer of free Legal Advice. LOL
Posted: Jun 9, 2012 3:33 AM   in response to: conradmpowell in response to: conradmpowell
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May I ask a legal question?

How do I go about stopping lawyers from offering legal advice in return for a freebie?

Only jesting, please feel free to continue to offer your legal advice, and freebies.
conradmpowell

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 3:38 AM   in response to: avaganda10 in response to: avaganda10
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hahahah. I get the joke. Thanks for the levity. Actually the answer is: You can't get lawyers to stop anything (smile), well of course unless you pay them to do so.Wanna pay me to stop? LOL.
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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 3:40 AM   in response to: conradmpowell in response to: conradmpowell
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How do I go about getting tax back from America (I'm a Brit)?
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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 7:04 AM   in response to: conradmpowell in response to: conradmpowell
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Thanks so much for offering your time. I will download your book. :) Can I ask a legal question, please. When I use a royalty free photo to make a book cover, is that legal? And can I use it to print as well as in ebook form? Thanks for your time, Roberta
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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 8:32 AM   in response to: conradmpowell in response to: conradmpowell
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I've just gone against my unwillingness to down load anything free. However, I have a question and at this rate, I can afford it.

If royalties exceed the social security maximum, do you still have to pay it on the amount over that ceiling.
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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 9:35 AM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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Totally Debbie-Downer Dotty-Do-Gooder moment...but...haven't we been here before? You offer us free legal advice and then someone else points out that you lost your license and then you get mad and then someone else points out that it's illegal to practice law without a license and then everyone starts talking about ganja and then the thread eventually disappears?

I thought I could save us all the trouble...

I believe this was the major point of contention at the time:

http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=27647

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robethpublishin...

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 9:38 AM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Traci, I wanted you to know, I rather like your style.

Why can't others be civil when pointing out something like this?

Bobbi

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 9:46 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Conrad seems like a nice guy, you know? I don't want to be rude...but if he would stop offering free legal advice we could all get along nicely. No one wants to drag another writer through the mud...

Also found his blog and must say, he's a good lookin' man. : )

Traci
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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 10:41 AM   in response to: louisewise in response to: louisewise
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@louisewise

To clarify. I am an intellectual property Attorney. I was never fond of Tax law. However, I know that under the double taxation treaty between US and UK, You should not have to pay taxes twice. You should first file for an ITIN # free of charge from the IRS. It works similar to a US Social Security Number. Once you have the ITIN# and that Amazon has that number, you would be exempt from tax witholdings in the US. I have filed ITIN's for Jamaican Music Artists who collect royalties from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC etc.
Here are a few links to check out.

PDF
UNITED STATES-UNITED KINGDOM INCOME TAX CONVENTION ...
www.irs.gov/pub/irs-trty/uk.pdf

and

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/international/usa-index.htm
hope this helps
conradmpowell

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 10:42 AM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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@Traci

Okay. Firstly:
It is true I eventually lost my license in Jamaica. I am still licensed in Washington D.C. (albeit I'm still not making enough to pay off my DC Bar dues.) Don't cry for me Argentina...just purchase a book to help me out. LOL

Actually truth be told, losing my license here in Jamaica has given me alot of time to write...and I mean a loooooooooooot of timmmmeeeee. So it has been a blessing in a way. For the record I am appealing my disbarment. The only bar I can get now is a rum bar open at 11 PM in Ocho Rios. LOL
Seriously. I wanted more time to write and I got it. Now. I am always happy to give legal advice to my fellow authors. I am a gradute of Howard University School of Law. I hope they are not too ashamed of me.

I studied intellectual property through one of the best Law teachers on earth Prof. Spencer Boyer.

Now with all that said, I am still a lawyer just with one less license.

Sounds like someone needs to help me write an autobiography. You just can't make this stuff up. LOL

Ganja..... Okay about the Ganja. For the record. I never smoked it, nor grown it. In 2007 I ran as a member of Parliament on a third party ticket here in Jamaica and I figured for my constituency who are farmers of the stuff (no secret there), that if Jamaica could supply the world with all their medical marijuana under a health treaty then Jamaica would
#1 come out of debt
#2 come out of debt
#3 come out of debt.
After-all California and Canada must get their marijuana from somewhere. Who am I to stop someone if they want to smoke it for medical purposes.
Anyhoo. For those who don't understand what I am talking about...put down the joint nice and slowly. LOL

@Traci - If you weren't married we could hook up (smile)

@Traci - I think I will commission you to do my autobiography.

@Traci - You are a sweetheart. I took time off the forum to focus on writing and now I sell at least 120 books per month. Not alot but I took notes from all of you guys. I am now working on a Detective Series coming out as soon as I can get off this forum and edit the thing. Okay. Enough about my boring life.....Thanks guys. BTW even though my offer of legal advice expired when you all woke up this morning, I will oblige and answer the questions on this thread. Again thanks all for the downloads it is working. I am #875 in free downloads and #11 in Occult. I am gaining on AMANDA HOCKING...yeah! (she is #1 with Hollowland)

What a world we have become when lawyers are begging to be used and no one wants them. LOL

I promise for everyone who downloads, (I'm taking a deep breath) I will answer a legal question. Just post your legal question on this thread I will answer it. This offer is good until 3 AM June 9, Eastern Standard Time. The lawyer is in. Thanks folks. But please head to my freebie and download it. Help me to replace Amanda Hocking's Hollowland which is #1 (smile).

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0089NON2G

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conradmpowell

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 11:01 AM   in response to: vk444 in response to: vk444
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@vk444

I answered this in some post long and far away but I will refresh the info.
Here is the deal on Royalty Free Photos:

I think you ask the question from the wrong end. I think you should ask what are the consequences.

Basically,

When someone takes a photo or films a video. they own the content

(I think best example of how precious this is is the woman who had footage at JFK's assasination make quite a few millions per second of download and the Courts ordered the US government to pay her estate. Not bad for a "home video."

Now, if you use anyone photo, they technically own the content. That does not necessarily cover the right to commercially exploit the subject of the video.
Example. A photo of a famous building or person does not give you the right to use the image of the person in the photo. You would have to seek a "model release" in order to do so.

Yes this stuff is very technical but follow along.
Many websites like Getty images have cropped up as a wholesale licensor of images. Some are called royalty free which means you pay a one time fee to download it and use it as you wish. If that image has a model in it or a figure, Getty has gone though the trouble of getting the releases ahead of time. Therefore you don't have to worry.

There is also called Royalty Managed photos. In this paradigm, you must pay for the type of exploitation you seek based upon your level of usage and type of usage.

There are people who still use these photos without paying the fees to companies like Getty. If you can get around their unsitely watermarks, these pictures can be used from a technical perspective but it is illegal.

Now i would not advocate that you do that but look at the reality. Who will sue you? If they sue you a lawsuit could very well bring you some notoriety. So if you choose to use an image without paying the licenses, the consequences can vary depending upon the popularity of your book. At some point if you used an image illegally, then you would have made it as an autho if you receive a Cease and Desist letter demanding that you remove the photo from use or pay a bundle of money. If this happens to you it would be both a blessing and a pain in the you know what. Okay. That should answer your question.
conradmpowell

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 12:04 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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@Saxon21

Sax can't forget you bro. Here is the info on your legal question

In addition to being subject to federal and state income taxes, your royalty income may also be subject to Social Security taxes. Whether or not you must also pay into the Social Security system depends on both the source of the royalties and the amount (if any) of your self-employment income. Royalty income generated by your trade or business that nets more than $400 a year does require payment into Social Security.
conradmpowell

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Posted: Jun 9, 2012 1:33 PM   in response to: conradmpowell in response to: conradmpowell
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Okay Folks. Thanks for entertaining my procrastination. The Law Office is now closed. I hear the noids saying. "Thank goodness. Good riddance." Okay I hope the bit of legal advice helped. @martialbott and @Saxon21. Back to my editing.
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