Is the name Yellow Pages protected by trademark or copyright in the USA Can I legally name my directory the yellow pages?
There are several hundred different companies using the phrase "yellow pages" or "yellow page" as part of their trademarks, but (at least in the USA) they cannot prevent each other from using the words "yellow pages" in other combinations (e.g., "Bumpkinville Yellow Pages" could be a new trademark). To even be considered for a federal registration of a trademark including "yellow pages", you would be required to "disclaim" any proprietary right to those words, apart from your specific combination (i.e., with other words, with a distinctive logo, etc). A descriptive and non-distinctive brand is not a very valuable marketing tool, and it only takes a bit of imagination to come up with something much more catchy.
A lot of trademarks and names are legally protected, but not all. For a trademark to be protected it has to be registered as a trademark, for which you will have to pay a fee. After that it is protected against other peoples use of it, but normally only in the country you register it for. A world wide trademark protection is costly and is very difficoult to uphold by law. As for names as…
Does using the official logo of Harry Potter for a parody on YouTube can lead to problems of Copyright?
It means that the photograph has been protected by copyright laws and any use of the photo must be done with the permission of the copyright holder. There are 2 aspects to the copyright. An unregistered copyright protects the owner of the image and legally allows them up to $300 in claims against anyone copying the image illegally. A registered copyright must be filed through the government and allows greater claims against the infringer
Any works protected by copyright, for which you are not the copyright holder, or do not have a license from the rightsholder or an exemption in the law, cannot be legally copied, altered, distributed, or performed/displayed. Protection is automatic on works of sufficient originality, and extends for 70 years beyond the death of the creator.
Work produced by a "citizen" is protected for his/her lifetime + 50 years Work produced by a company or other "legal entity" is 50 years post publication Photography & cinema are protected for 50 years from 1st public display if the work is not published or otherwise put on public display the copyright will cease to exist
You can't "own" a phrase. You can't copyright a phrase for the purpose of getting it legal protection across the board. You can apply for a trademark on a short phrase by going through the US Patents and Trademark Office, however. Thing like "I'm lovin' it" for McDonald's - registering that as a trademark would prevent say, Burger King, from using it in their promotions or ads. But it won't prevent other people from using…
Can you take a t-shirt with a copyright trademark and alter it into a different article of clothing such as a skirt?
Yes as long as you are only selling items that you have legally purchased. your right to do so is protected as the "right of 1st sale". However if you are asking about selling copies of a protected work then no you would be guilty of infringing the holder's right to control duplication and distribution of their work
You can protect your creative web content the same way you legally protect copyright of anything else: with the law. The best legal protection, in the USA, is to register your copyright soon after your first publication of new materials, then notify infringers that they may be liable for up to $100,000 for each violation, regardless of whether it actually causes you damage. Otherwise, your copyright begins the moment you record your content in a…
You can legally copy protected works when you are the copyright owner, or you have permission from the copyright holder or an exemption in the law. The most commonly cited exception is fair use or fair dealing, which is intended to allow certain limited uses in cases such as education and critique; fair use is exceptionally (and intentionally) vague, and should be relied on sparingly.
Is this information from the yellow pages is copyright protected - business names emails addresses websites and telephone numbers?
Yes - and no. The publication itself is copyright - legally you cannot photocopy or scan any page without written permission from the publisher (although plenty of people do !). The data in the entries is public knowledge - in that Yellow Pages is not the only source where the information can be found.
If something is in the public domain, that means copyright protection was not available (e.g., it was a work of the US Government), the term of protection has expired (e.g., it was published before 1923), or the rightsholder has assigned the work to the public domain. Works in the public domain are not protected by copyright. Software can be protected by copyright law and patent law. Protected materials cannot be copied, altered, or distributed without…
A work of sufficient creativity is protected by copyright as soon as it is fixed in a tangible medium. In contrast, an unrecorded performance is not copyrighted. To be copyrighted, the material must also be legally able to have copyright, including art, music, drama and literature, but not including "any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery." 17 USC §102(b). Works of US government employees cannot be copyrighted in the USA.
Can YouTube be used as a way to copyright your own material seeing as it has the date of when your video or audio was uploaded?
This is a variation of the "poor man's copyright" method of sending yourself a copy in the mail and leaving it unopened to prove a date of creation. Uploading to YouTube or any other file storage service may add some additional corroboration but has no "official" status in a court of law. Under US law the only way to legally register a copyright is with the US Copyright office. There is no requirement to register…
a trademark is A name, symbol, or other device identifying a product, officially registered and legally restricted to the use of the owner or manufacturer. A distinctive characteristic by which a person or thing comes to be known: the shuffle and snicker that became the comedian's trademark. To label (a product) with proprietary identification.