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Trademark, Copyright, Registered
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:27:36 PM »
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I usually don't insert ownership symbols when I write fiction except in attempted humor with made-up names, like Ready-Warped™ lumber. I figure anyone reading it knows it is unreal, and therefore a common name, like Corvette, could be made up and not refer to the famous sports car. In non-fiction, I use these trademark, service mark, and registered marks the first instance and never again.

But copyright I am a little unsure about. When do you use it and are there rules you follow? And does the brand name becoming a household word (I'm looking at you, Google) make a difference?

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