Can I collect offerings ($) for rent and other needs? What could I be held liable for legally? We meet in a rented room in a public building. Group members invite others by personal invitation, but we do not advertise publicly yet.
Copyright itself doesn't protect only just a name, you can't copyright just a name at all. But, "characters" should be protected under a copyright if they are unique, but isn't a name an intrinsic part of a character and its accompanying story?
A full answer to your question will require a more fact-intensive analysis. Generally, copyright law will afford protection of the fictional character itself when it has appeared in a copyrightable work and has a life of its own within that work, however, achieving a level of distinctiveness such...Read more »
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