Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for California

Q: Can I use a copyright statement of a certain book and change only the information about the writer and the book?

I mean to adjust the copyright statement to my book?

There is a copyright law on legal documents?

There is a problem with doing so?

1 Lawyer Answer
Andrew Zulieve Esq
Andrew Zulieve Esq
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Waldoboro, ME

A: You cannot make any unauthorized substantially similar or identical reproduction of a written work protected by copyright. This general prohibition is subject to certain statutory limitations, including, the so-called "fair use doctrine." The nature and purpose of your use of that material also are important factors (for e.g. commercial or non-commercial use). You may at least consider obtaining some advice from an attorney with experience in copyright law.

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