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james moeller
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Can a title be trademarked or copywrighted?
« on: Aug 14th, 2005, 11:10am »
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I was wondering if a title can be trademarked or copywrighted?  In 1998 I wrote a play which is listed on our theater company's website.
 
I recently received a "cease and desist" request from a company with the same name.  They have requested that I take down the description and title of my play, or they will sue me for up to $10 million.
 
Subsequently I was in conversation with someone I trust who told me that my title does not infringe on the company's trademark or copywright.  Is this true?
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Re: Can a title be trademarked or copywrighted?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 15th, 2005, 7:55am »
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Generally speaking, titles alone cannot be "trademarked" or "copyrighted", although certain exceptions to apply.  Based on the limited facts you've provided, the chances are good that the company who wrote the letter is blowing smoke.  
 
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Re: Can a title be trademarked or copywrighted?
« Reply #2 on: Aug 17th, 2005, 1:07pm »
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jeff --
 
thanks.
 
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