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Ez Street

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Ok here is the scoop. There is a local guy who is putting a franchise in the Great Plains Basketball League this year. His team name is the Topeka Riverrats. Currently he has the old LaCrosse Riverrats logo for the team. I've been in communication with him about logos for the team and another team. He said "it is not copyrighted anymore, after 2 years anyone can use the logo I have found it out thur an attorney." Is that right?

Logo in question:

LacrosseRiverRats.GIF

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Checked there already couldnt find it but heres an interesting read from copyright.org..

How long does a copyright last?

The term of copyright for a particular work depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication. As a general rule, for works created after Jan. 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first. For works first published prior to 1978, the term will vary depending on several factors. To determine the length of copyright protection for a particular work, consult chapter 3 of the Copyright Act (title 17 of the United States Code). More information on the term of copyright can be found in Circular 15a, Duration of Copyright, and Circular 1, Copyright Basics.

Do I have to renew my copyright?

No. Works created on or after Jan. 1, 1978, are not subject to renewal registration. As to works published or registered prior to Jan. 1, 1978, renewal registration is optional after 28 years but does provide certain legal advantages. For information on how to file a renewal application as well as the legal benefit for doing so, see Circular 15, Renewal of Copyright, and Circular 15a, Duration of Copyright.

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Checked there already couldnt find it but heres an interesting read from copyright.org..
How long does a copyright last?

The term of copyright for a particular work depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication. As a general rule, for works created after Jan. 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first. For works first published prior to 1978, the term will vary depending on several factors. To determine the length of copyright protection for a particular work, consult chapter 3 of the Copyright Act (title 17 of the United States Code). More information on the term of copyright can be found in Circular 15a, Duration of Copyright, and Circular 1, Copyright Basics.

Do I have to renew my copyright?

No. Works created on or after Jan. 1, 1978, are not subject to renewal registration. As to works published or registered prior to Jan. 1, 1978, renewal registration is optional after 28 years but does provide certain legal advantages. For information on how to file a renewal application as well as the legal benefit for doing so, see Circular 15, Renewal of Copyright, and Circular 15a, Duration of Copyright.

judging by that...he's wrong. He'll have to wait 95 years for it.

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I don't know anything of substance to help you on this.

But I do have a question. It's not as though somebody let the copyright slip on the Yankees NY or the URL for ebay.com.

In other words, it's not SO amazing that anyone should have to spend the time/money making sure they can use it, especially to recycle it for a new team.

How come they just don't "reference" the old one and commission a new one in a similar but unique and exciting vein?

No.....I'm not trying to get a gig out of this. Just curious.

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i thought it sounded strange. I mean you can't just go claim a logo after two years if a team doesn't use it.

interesting.

I'm trying to convice him to get someone to make a new logo. I told him there are plenty of designers that will do it for a reasonable price.

If anyone would be interested contact me, we can see if something is to his liking.

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