Re: Copywrite Question?
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on March 14, 2001 at 04:39:44:
In Reply to: Copywrite Question? posted by Alicia on March 13, 2001 at 12:24:54:
: I am a teacher, and my students have a posed a question to me which I can not answer. Do Copywrites run out? If so after what period of time? What is the cost for a copywrite? If you could answer any of these questions, I, and my students, would be very grateful!
: Thanks a lot!
Copyrights in the US are good for life plus 70 years. I believe but would have to check, an original copyright in the name of a business may only be good for 95 years. There may be provision in the law requiring a filing within 100 years of creation.
At this time the official filing fee is $30, aways subject to change.
While obtaining a copyright is simple and inexpensive, it is really important to know the whole picture when dealing in this area. The law is very subtle.
Even most general lawyers are not familiar with Intellectual Property. Just like with doctors you have to find the right one and then make sure you can trust that the lawyer is working for you not just the fee.
M. Arthur Auslander
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