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Everyone's guide to copyrights, trademarks, and patents : the comprehensive handbook for protecting your writing, inventions, and other creative work, with official, ready-to-use application forms.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia, PA : Running Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
176 pages ; 28 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780894717529
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Book

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Booklist Review

A user-friendly how-to for the intimidating undertakings of copyrighting, trademarking, and patenting creative works. The text is taken from the most recent U.S. Copyright Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office materials, including a section on international copyright and the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court definition of "work made for hire," which gave free-lancers more protection. An essential tool for writers, graphic designers, musicians, video artists, and inventors, this guide cuts through the legalese that often obscures the basics. Copyright is defined, what can be copyrighted and who can copyright it are explained, as are what rights are protected, how to use the copyright symbol, and how to deposit and register materials. The more involved processes of applying for patents and trademarks are described just as thoroughly, including the specifications for the drawing that must be submitted with patent applications. Readers are told when it would be appropriate to consult an attorney, and pertinent phone numbers are provided. There are also "official, ready-to-use application forms." A note of warning: the introduction suggests that these forms can be torn out. While that isn't necessary--photocopies can be used--the reference shelf may be the right place for this temptingly hands-on handbook. --Donna Seaman


Library Journal Review

This work is essentially an adaptation and condensation of 18 Copyright Office circulars (all free) and two Patent Office pamphlets, ``Basic Facts about Trademarks'' and ``General Information Concerning Patents'' (which cost a total of $3.50). Over a dozen of the most heavily used copyright and patent forms and their instructions are included, with approximately 60 percent of the work on copyright, 10 percent on trademarks, and 30 percent on patents. Three or four titles like this are published each year, and circulating collections of medium-sized and larger public libraries should own a recent, plainly written, inexpensive guide like this.-- Patrick J. Brunet, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., LaCrosse (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.