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Q: I wrote a story and a radio station wants to play it on the radio. Should I sign the release form giving them copyright?

My children's story was performed for the public by a director friend and a radio station recorded it for us. They now want to play it on the radio and need me to sign a release form giving them copyright over the broadcast recording. I am still trying to get my story published in book form and I... Read more »

Andrew Zulieve Esq
Andrew Zulieve Esq answered on Nov 2, 2018

I would have the release carefully reviewed by a copyright attorney. Depending on the language in the release, it is possible that you are assigning (giving up for all time) at least one and maybe all of your bundle of exclusive copyright interests. Since it appears that you do not want to do... Read more »

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Q: If a magic trick is being sold by someone else, can I make that same gimmick and sell it as my own?

If someone is already selling the gimmick needed for a magic trick along with instructions on how to do the trick am I able to make the gimmick and instructions myself and sell it as my own? Basically I would be rebranding an already existing magic trick product. I've heard that magic tricks cannot... Read more »

Brandon Baum
Brandon Baum answered on Jul 20, 2016

While I don't know the specific gimmick, the general rule in the U.S. is "yes." Unless it is patented (very unlikely for a magic trick) or copyrighted (available only for the "patter" or pantomime surrounding the trick), then it is free to copy for anyone who knows the secret. Apparently France... Read more »

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