Oklahoma City, OK asked in Intellectual Property for Colorado

Q: Can a minor in Colorado claim copyright?

The US Copyright Office, looking at their FAQ, will issue registrations to minors, but does caution that (direct quote) "state laws may regulate the business dealings involving copyrights owned by minors."

(I've looked through the C.R.S. at LexisNexis, but one problem with online C.R.S. searches that use the search term "copyright" and select the option of "full-text" results in every entry that has "Copyright 2017" at the bottom of the page.)

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A: Since you have access to LexisNexis, try searching for Colorado property ownership laws concerning minors. Or more specifically "intellectual property" ownership by a minor. You should be looking for a statute relating to minors and property, perhaps language like to “sue or be sued” or “enter into binding legal obligations” (for example, see General Obligations, § 3-101, Laws of New York).

Good luck!

Griffin Klema


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