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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Hawaii on
Q: Can I start a podcast with the same name as a documentary film from several years ago? Not quite same focus (see details

I want to start a podcast called gun stories (pretty generic name.). When I do a trademark search, there's a documentary called gun stories. Our podcast is interviewing people about their stories about guns. The documentary was about the history of guns.

Matthew Nuzum
Matthew Nuzum
answered on Mar 15, 2023

Yes, you can, but if your podcast is deemed confusingly similar to the prior uses then you may be approached to change the name or reduce the chance of confusion. And, by the way, doing a trademark search is not the best way to see if there's a conflicting usage of the name. The purpose of a... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Education Law and Intellectual Property for Wisconsin on
Q: Can curriculum created by school staff through grants/federal funding be copyrighted?

Indigenous Immersion Schools receiving grant funding and federal funding to operate must create a complete curriculum in target language that is unavailable elsewhere for purchase. These schools would like to copyright their work and are trying to decipher who has legal rights to copyright.

Matthew Nuzum
Matthew Nuzum
answered on Mar 15, 2023

Yes, it can, however you need to review the terms of the grant. When the Federal Government produces creative material it usually is copyright free (search Google for "U.S. Government Works" to learn more). Works prepared for the Federal Government by contractors may be owned (and... View More

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