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Thread: Holding the Copyright

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Holding the Copyright

    Hi,

    I realize I am new, but I do have a question. I submitted a story through craigslist and got a repsonse back. The guy sent me a contract, but in the contract, it says his company keeps the trademark and that I cannot publish it elsewhere.

    I am leary of signing it, because i want to be able to market this story down the road.

    What do you think?

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    Did the contract say "trademark" or "copyright"? They're vastly different things.

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    trademark. what's the difference?

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    A trademark is something that uniquely identifies an organization, its products, or its services. It can be a logo, a name, a phrase, an image, or any combination of these.

    Copyright is the ownership of intellectual property--i.e., you own your written work and have the right to grant others the ability to publish, sell, or otherwise exploit it.

    Someone who doesn't know the difference between a copyright and a trademark shouldn't be publishing anything.

    - Victoria

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    Thats weird. Something is screwy.

    A publishing house will get you the copyright but will buy the rights to publish it for a certain period of time.

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    victoriastrauss is correct. Do NOT sign the contract. The "publisher" sounds like bad news.

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    It sounds definitely fishy. Did you ever deal directly with this guy or was it all via Craigslist emails? Did he mail you a contract? Do have have contact info for this guy?
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    Could it be that the OP wrote a story using a trademarked character or world owned by the Craigslist guy and that's why he wanted to retain the trademark?

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    Walk away.
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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    I walked away. He would hold the trademark to the character. thanks for your help.

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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    What was the name of the market?

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