Papillion, NE asked in Copyright for Iowa

Q: If a copyright for a product isn't listed on the .gov website is it still in effect.

The company is defunct and has been for 19 years. All of their other products are listed at but not the one I am looking for. Is that copyright still in effect?

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR

A: Just because they did not file a copyright does not mean it is not copyrighted. Since about 1989, everything copyrightable became copyrighted once it was created (its a little more technical than that in reality), even if not registered. Registration simply gives you additional rights. I would see if you can track down the successor companies, or who ended up with the assets, and see about a license.

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