Vancouver, WA asked in Copyright and Trademark for Washington

Q: Can I use a well-known Guru's teaching concepts and unlicensed verbiage to create an income producing website?

That's it in a nutshell. I want to use said Guru's concepts and some lose verbiage so I can advertise and gain traction in the community of people that follow her. I found a list of the company's trademarks and none include the terms I want to use. I would not be selling the concepts, just using them to build community and a sense of "family" among the website users; "because we all have this common goal (Guru's goal) let's work together, here on this website!" (I would make money from ads, not users).

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Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: I think you can, so long as you don't use his language or any materials or publications.

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