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Q: I have a great plot for a James Bond novel / movie. Am I safe to write it without getting sued?
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser answered on Dec 29, 2010

Why you could probably write it without getting sued, if you wanted to publish, license, or sell the rights, you would need to get permission from the owner of the James Bond copyrights. At the present time, I believe MGM owns those rights. However, they are in finanical difficulty and may have... Read more »

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Q: Do you have to register a copyright to take advantage of copyright law?
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser answered on Dec 20, 2010

No, you don't have to register a copyright to take advantage of copyright law. For example, you can sell or license a copyrighted work even if you have not registered. However, if you have made an investment in your work, it is a good idea to register it with the Copyright Office. If you... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a star named after me and claim copyright to it?
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser answered on Dec 11, 2010

No. There is a lot of misunderstanding about this. Names are not protected by copyright. Publishers of publications such as a star registry may register a claim to copyright in the text of the volume [or book] containing the names the registry has assigned to stars, and perhaps the compilation of... Read more »

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Q: How long does it take to get a copyright registration?
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser answered on Dec 2, 2010

A registration is effective as of the date the application is received by the Copyright Office. However, the registration certificate takes a while to receive. If you pay for "special handling," a registration ususally takes about a week. If you file an application electronically, it... Read more »

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