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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright and Trademark for Minnesota on
Q: When the Justia site says something has a registered "wordmark" do you mean the LOGO or the company name in body copy?

I am a proofreader and I am trying to determine if a trade name can appear in body copy/regular font with a circle-R. My understanding is that this is a "wordmark"? And that this is a different registration than the trademark within a LOGO.

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on Sep 4, 2017

If a mark is designated as a "registered" mark, that means it is registered in the USA with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for goods (a "trademark") or for services (a "service mark"). Marks can take different forms, such as simply words;... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal to use verses from the bible on "print on demand items" to sell online? Do I need a license? I live in MN.
Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Aug 29, 2017

It depends on what version (edition/translation) of the bible you're quoting.

The ancient versions of religious texts are almost certainly in the public domain, and freely usable. However, any quote you're likely to come across in the "print on demand" context is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Formation and Business Law for Minnesota on
Q: Is it ilegal to open a bar that is from a TV show idea not the actual show
Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Aug 12, 2017

This question is too vague to provide a thoughtful response. The answer would depend on whether you are infringing on intellectual property.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Minnesota on
Q: I Have A Copyright Question. Was My Work Plagiarized?

Hi. I make free drumkits and post them to YouTube for producers to download and use in the studio. Now someone has taken my kit and reuploaded it to YouTube. This person has taken the same image I used in the video's background and changed it a little. When I downloaded the kit it was the same... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Feb 22, 2017

YouTube has a user-friendly copyright management platform called Content ID. You can file a copyright complaint against the YouTube user here:

If you feel uncomfortable initiating this legal process on your own,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Minnesota on
Q: do i need to ask approval to use a trademarked name in the title of a mobile app or can i disclaim we're not associated?

i'd like to create a study guide app for a certification exam but am not sure if i need approval from the certification body to use it in the name / description...or if i can just disclaim that the app isn't associated with the certification body and i'd be clear?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jan 25, 2017

You need approval.

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