Determine Who Owns the Copyright

If you need to determine who owns the copyright on a printed work or other product, you only have to look at the copyright notice or the trademark. To check someone's trademark, you can go to the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site (http://www.uspto.gov/ main/trademarks.htm), shown in Figure 18-2, and search for the legal owner of the trademark.

FIGURE 18-2

Search for a trademark holder on this government Web site

FIGURE 18-2

Search for a trademark holder on this government Web site

Make sure you describe where you got the property and why you have a right to sell it—in other words, how you came to own it. You might say you "bought it at a store, and I can provide the original receipt of purchase."

If you are accused of violating copyright, be sure to consult with an attorney before you respond.

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