Since they are potentially paid for with tax money, are different state park symbols considered copywrited material?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Business Law, Oregon

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not symbols of assorted state parks are registered as a trademark (they are not subject to a United States copyright since they are not music, books, or something creative such as a software program) depends first if they are registered federally and on the state level as such. If not, then the issue becomes one of common law trademark use and whether or not each state will seek to protect the use of the various symbols from a third party trying to use such for profit.

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not symbols of assorted state parks are registered as a trademark (they are not subject to a United States copyright since they are not music, books, or something creative such as a software program) depends first if they are registered federally and on the state level as such. If not, then the issue becomes one of common law trademark use and whether or not each state will seek to protect the use of the various symbols from a third party trying to use such for profit.


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