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Dear Abby rights Trademark

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by puddinlover, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. puddinlover

    puddinlover Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I'm very confused if some one owns the rights to "Dear Abby"... because I want to start a site that is going to be like the Dear Abby news paper column but online and I really am not sure if some one owns the rights to Dear Abby? If not can I freely use the "Dear Abby" name and idea?
     
  2. jacksgal

    jacksgal Super Moderator

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    I believe that name is copyright protected so my advice would be not to use it
     
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    puddinlover Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Darn, well thank you the help!

    Now is (example) Dear Barb ok to use? Or is the idea itself copyrighted?
     
  4. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    The term would be "trademarked" and I don't believe the term you want to use is trademarked. The US Patent and Trademark Office has an online search tool. If you plan to put a great deal of time and money into this project, it may be worth looking into a trademark.
     
  5. puddinlover

    puddinlover Law Topic Starter New Member

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    ok thank you guys for the help!
     

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