I make my own baby blanket designs by assembling pre-licensed clipart in a particular fashion of my own style, also adding my own elements and embellishments. Some of these blanket designs have become very popular on Amazon and I've had some trouble with people copying me, so I registered my... Read more »
This is not legal advice, but an informal glance at U.S. Trademark Office records suggests that there are over 100 pending applications or active registrations using the phrase "BE KIND" as a mark or as part of a mark.
Numerous factors are considered in determining whether a mark...Read more »
What you are talking about is creating a derivative work that you can then copyright. You can only do that if it is not substantially similar to the existing work. What you propose here is not enough to pass that test. Here is a helpful resource from the copyright office so you can see what I mean:...Read more »
You could, however, you should be aware that you're only copyrighting the expression of the ideas, not the underlying ideas themselves. Also, 17 U.S.C. Section 110 and the TEACH Act provides some pretty robust defenses for the use of copyrighted material in the realm of education. This may...Read more »
I teach Graphic Design. Students and I create/take pictures for school, district and community. I would like to get the students credit for their work. Can I apply for a trademark or copyright that represents the entire program?
For graphic design work, your best bet is to apply for copyright protection under the visual arts category. The application process may be a bit intimidating the first time, but only costs $55 for a standard electronic application. One application can cover thousands of works of UNPUBLISHED work...Read more »
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