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When do I add the ™, ®, or © ?

Original artwork I post daily online is starting to get more and more attention. What do I need to do to protect my work? What steps have you taken to protect your own work? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Aug 7, 2016 - 10 answers

Who owns materials I created as part of a grant?

I created a brand new program with grant money. I am leaving my employer and my boss says I don't own any of the materials. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Mar 23, 2016 - 29 answers

Trademark royalties required for video?

When producing a documentary video, will it be necessary to pay royalties to owners of trademarks appearing in some of the scenes? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Sep 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Trademark registration and potential conflict

I have a name that is similar to another registered trademark - different services but similar in terms of spelling. Is this likely to be rejected? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Very Small Independant Musician - Possibly ran afoul of a trademark

So I did a potentially bad thing: i released an album through CD Baby, and the title of the album is a Trademark for an entity that might be none pleased. [more inside]
posted by joecacti on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Printing t-shirt design with trademarks?

My fraternity created a cool design that uses the outlines of a lot of the things that we like into our Greek letters. Unfortunately, this design incorporates a lot of different trademarks from a lot of different franchises, and as a result, we're running into different people saying that they can't print our design since it includes trademarks. Is there a way we can get around this? Can we get it printed as fair use somehow? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Sep 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Can Anyone Recommend a Trademark Lawyer in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a NYC-located trademark lawyer who's helped you to register a trademark/clothing logo in order to sell clothing? [more inside]
posted by cowlick on Jul 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Why do some TV shows not mention real-life brands, yet others do?

Some TV shows (and movies, and novels) go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-life brands. This video shows countless mentions of faux social networks: Friendbranch, Facefinder, Friendnet, etc etc, rather than Facebook. But others freely portray real-life companies when they want to. How come? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Vendors using product shots of articles for sale

I have a friend to runs a pizza place and I am helping him with his menu. We had a question about the legality (in terms of copyright or whatever) when using trademarked items on his menu that he also sells. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Apr 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Best route for getting a time sensitive slogan out to the masses?

I have a ridiculously amazing, yet time sensitive slogan regarding a current event that I'd like to get out there real quick like. But I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by gman on Apr 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Does anyone recognize this logo?

This is the logo. I want to know what brand or company it corresponds to. It's on a pair of pants. That's about all I know since it's not mine.
posted by dagnyscott on Apr 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Using the trademark-domain dispute system for good?

We're setting up a new business and plan to register a trademark which has been abandoned in the US and is dead in other trademark jurisdictions, too. Way back when the original user of the name was active, they registered (domain).com for the absolute maximum number of years. It is up for renewal next year, but... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Are the comedy clubs The Stand NYC & The Stand in Edinburgh affiliated?

The Stand has been a long-running comedy club and Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with later-opened branches in Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne. I noticed that there is now a New York City-based comedy club and restaurant called The Stand NYC. I didn't see any indication on the websites of either club that there was a connection. Is this an example of the use of a trade name in another national jurisdiction?
posted by larrybob on Feb 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Breakin' the Law?

Can I use a trademarked fictional character's name in a song title? This will be published to CD and vinyl. [more inside]
posted by l2p on Dec 31, 2012 - 12 answers

You don't need permission to dress up as a copyrighted character, but do you need permission to write about it?

My novel involves a costume party with some guests dressed as recognizable characters from films, TV, etc. I'm clearly not trying to claim them as my own and it's just all Halloween costumes, but am I asking to get sued? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Oct 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Which stores have trademark smells?

Which chains have trademark smells? [more inside]
posted by mikesch on Sep 14, 2012 - 56 answers

How to use Copyrighted characters in original Art?

I recently completed a series of art prints for an upcoming art show. I thought while I was getting them printed I would submit them to Zazzle and make them available online. But 3 out of 4 were rejected because of "A copyright complaint from the rightsholder". I think my work is a clear use of parody and would not be confused with an official product. [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 on May 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Metafilter: Powered by Snark

What was the first use of the "Powered by X" phrase? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Apr 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Would it be illegal or just rude?

What are the legal/copyright/douchebag implications (if any) of registering a domain name that is already a username on a free blogging platform? Yeah, yeah, you're not a lawyer... [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on Jan 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Why is a trademark weakened by inclusion of the before the product name? [more inside]
posted by nonreflectiveobject on Dec 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?

What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Why do people use (tm) and (c) and (r)?

What are the rules, or guidelines around the use of the (tm), (r) and (c) signs? They seem to be ubiquitous in corporate English, but as far as I can tell they're both unnecessary and ugly. Is putting a (tm) on a trademark something that's considered a required prerequisite to protecting it?
posted by Sebmojo on Sep 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Trademark Valuation

How does a small family business estimate the value of its trademarks? [more inside]
posted by Joanie Loves Yahtzee on Sep 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Corporate Trademark Registration

How difficult is it to register a corporate name for trademark purposes? We are just reviewing the Government USPTO "trademark electronic application system" TEAS and they recommend hiring an attorney to assist. Is this necessary or is it really possible for a common person like myself to navigate through this whole process. I am really leary about hiring a Lawyer as I have had a bad experience in another situation for a patent where I was charged lots (more than 5k of money for forms and little real contribution).
posted by kmurray24 on Aug 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I go ahead and disparage this company on my blog?

I'm toying with an idea for a blog. On this blog, I would write short fiction entries in which a specific product, manufactured by a very well-known brand, would be exposed in every entry as particularly loathsome and subsequently disposed of or even destroyed. [more inside]
posted by amusem on Jul 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Information wants to be clearly presented in an accessible format.

I want to create a website that presents the schedule/info of a con in a more usable format than officially provided. Is this something I should be asking a lawyer about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Photographing a product--where do I stand legally when publishing?

If I photograph a product and use it in a publishing project, what legal redress would the manufacturer have if they decided to sue me? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Mar 15, 2011 - 5 answers

This'll show them

Help me name my company! [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Mar 10, 2011 - 38 answers

Think FreeCiv or Clevelandopoly

There's a board game I enjoy, and I've been considering programming a web version of it to play online. How different must my knock-off version be from the "real" one to avoid trouble? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Two non-competing companies with the same name

What are the legal implications of giving a company the same name as a company in a different business? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Do I have to hand over my domain name in response to C&D?

I have a website that sells trademarked, but hard to find items that you can't find in stores. I just got a cease & desist letter from the manufacturer demanding I close the site and hand over the domain to them. Should I do that immediately, or do I have some other options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Breaking Steam

Is there a viable way to break Anchor's trademark lockdown of "Steam" style ale? [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Nov 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Can I knit elected officials (and possibly sell them)?

Would I be putting myself at risk, legally, were I to knit elected officials in jest and sell them on Etsy? I wouldn't be doing anything distasteful or slandering, but merely making stuffed figurines of them, no more offensive than your typical political cartoon's caricature. I know there is a ton of Obama, Bush, Palin and Clinton merchandise out there that doesn't get much legal attention, but I'm thinking about also knitting famous governors and representatives, and perhaps former elected officials as well. Failing that, what about selling or giving away the patterns for free? I'm more interested in doing this as a design project than making a profit, but I'd like to sell them both to subsidize the hobby, and let people who want a plushie have one.
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Fan sites and trademark law

Will my fan site violate trademark law? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I best apply for a trademark?

Hello, I'm applying for a trademark. Is it best to just head over to the uspto.gov site and take it from there? or use any pro bono or paid work I could find from an attorney. A laymen such as myself could lost in the wrong forms? Thanks
posted by KHinds10 on Sep 28, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I sell a shogi set I designed?

I have designed a new type of playing pieces for Shogi, and I would like to either sell my design, or find an inexpensive way to produce them and sell sets myself. I am also worried about how much I should show my designs around, in case someone steals them. [more inside]
posted by rebent on May 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Is this Oreo vs Oreos or can I still trademark?

Trademark help: I am starting a kids' toy line called "Italian Girls" or "The Italian Girls" but "Italian Girl" is trademarked already in the same category. Am I screwed? (Note that my actual interest is not "Italian Girls" but another country.) [more inside]
posted by citystalk on Apr 4, 2010 - 10 answers

What is a glyph worth?

I designed a display font a few years back and released it free for non-commercial use. I occasionally get requests to use words or letters set in the font for commercial purposes. What is a reasonable amount to charge? [more inside]
posted by aneel on Apr 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Technical/legal questions about a site that will parody a trademarked brand

I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Dec 22, 2009 - 6 answers


There's this grafitti tagger here in town who scrawls his name everywhere in big black magic marker. On the sides of mailboxes, on walls, on doors. Thing is, it's a nice design and he's got a catchy name. I was thinking the other day that if I started a clothing line, I would like to use his tag as my trademark logo. Chances are, he hasn't trademarked his tag. If I decided to trademark it myself, then deployed it as the name of my clothing line, as well as use his scrawl on the backs of the hoodies I sold - legally, would he have any recourse?
posted by Sully on Oct 8, 2009 - 29 answers

We want shirts, but don't want to infringe on any trademarks or copyrights.

I run a website dedicated to vintage PC games (that is, games from the late 80s, early 90s). Ad revenue has been declining, and a co-admin suggested making t-shirts to sell to support the site. I have questions about what art/words we can use on the shirts. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 17, 2009 - 10 answers


Trademark issues [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Aug 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Can I use the Time Management Matrix in my software?

Can I use the "Time Management Matrix" in a commercial software product without any legal repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Usernames, trademarks, and Facebook. Help!

Usernames, trademarks, and Facebook. Someone e-mailed my friend, saying that he owned the trademark to his name and has the right to demand that he turn over his username to him. [more inside]
posted by krisken on Jun 18, 2009 - 31 answers

Am I infringing on a trademark?

Am I infringing on a trademark? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2009 - 18 answers

NOT your logo

What's the cheapest, simplest, most effective way to stop somebody else from owning my logo? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jun 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Artwork design stolen yet not trademarked.

Somebody stole and is reproducing artwork that I never copyrighted or trademarked. What can I do? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by maalsa on Apr 16, 2009 - 18 answers

Can copyrighted images be used on grave markers?

Can copyrighted images be used on grave markers? [more inside]
posted by kwaller on Mar 11, 2009 - 16 answers

I need help with this creation.

I have invented a calendar that I think is unique in design and function. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 8, 2009 - 12 answers

How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt?

How dangerous would it be to make and sell an anti-"insert name of big box retailer here" t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Jan 23, 2009 - 15 answers

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