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- District of Columbia
- The George Washington University Law School
- Maryland State Bar
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10 Questions Answered
- Q. Is it possible to copyright a email address?
- A: No. Names cannot be registered for copyright. You could register it as a trademark though, if you plan on using it to identify goods or services.
- Q. I want to use pictures on my website, but don't want to pay for them. The bloggers don't seem to pay - why should I?
- A: If you don't want to pay, then you can either use photos you own the copyright to, use photos that are in the public domain, or ask nice and maybe they'll give you permission. (people always seem to forget that last option)
- Q. Can I get a star named after me and claim copyright to it?
- A: Star registries are a money making plot. You don't actually get anything as nobody has the "right" to name a star and there's no official star naming body. I could name Jupiter "Walter" but doing so would be meaningless as there is no statutory system or basis for naming the planets. It is just tradition. So as Mr Overhauser said, they may print a book and your name in the book would be part of their copyright, but the star remains whatever people call it by tradition.
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