Deerfield Beach, FL asked in Business Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Florida

Q: I want to recreate old jewelry (1800s) with slight mods to brand and sell. Would this be a copyright violation?

I like discovering strange vintage pieces and I don't necessarily want to make "replicas" as I do want to make some alterations to the antique designs/make them more modern/brand-able. I just want to make sure I'm not stepping on anyone's toes/ violating some trademark/copyright laws. I imagine if there is a logo/designer name on the piece that would be an obvious violation but if it is a no name random piece?

1 Lawyer Answer
Robert Kost
Robert Kost
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Pittsburgh, PA

A: Jewelry is copyrightable, but from your description its copyright has long since expired. See:

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