Re: Commercial Rights
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on April 24, 2000 at 05:19:49:
In Reply to: Commercial Rights posted by JD Lail on April 22, 2000 at 20:20:23:
: I have written a game with many pages of
: I send 2 copies to the LoC,(etc.,etc.,).
: Has the buyer acquired any commercial rights ?
It takes more than reading to understand a statute. It takes more that going to law school to make a lawyer. What is more the Patent and Trademark Office is the only Federal Agency that a lawyer cannot practice Patent Law before without taking a special qualifying exam.
The question is vague. Game rules may have registered copyrights. The registration may be published or unpublished or both.
Some games may even be patented. The physical sale of a game including rules, patented or with a valid registered copyright does not tranfer any intellectual property in the game.
There is more to effective commercialization of a game than just patent and or copyright. It depends on the facts and law.
I usually don't like to act superior but the stumbling with law and fact as set forth here may be self destructive.
You really have to use professional help that you know and trust. Doing it youself, even with the simplicty of copyright is like playing blindman's buff.
M. Arthur Auslander
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