[thelist] Copyright on web site.

Pieter Roosens pieter at roosensdesign.com
Wed Jul 30 15:10:04 CDT 2008

Op 30-jul-08, om 20:38 heeft Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser het volgende  

> Hello all,
> I am about to put a site up on the internet that will serve as a  
> location for the online live audio/video Latin classes that I will  
> begin teaching online in September.  I'm a little concerned about  
> the name I have chosen, though: "The Latin Online Classroom".  I am  
> concerned because the Great Books organization, the only other  
> entity I have seen that offers the same sort of live audio/video  
> online Latin classes, uses the term "online classrooms" prominently  
> on its site, in the header subtitle.  Does this mean that they have  
> some sort of ownership of the term?  Is the name too close?
> If anyone has any information or can tell me where to go to get the  
> information I need, I'd truly appreciate it.
> --Andrew

Hi Andrew,

As far as I know, but I'm not a lawyer, a description is not a name  
and cannot be claimed.
"online classrooms" is an everyday description, normal language.
"The Latin Online Classroom" sounds a little more like a name, but  
still I think you cannot claim it.
A name like "Topsoundlatin Online Course" or something would be a  
name and could be owned.

 From a marketing point of view it is important to have your own  
"name" (= identity). Not only a description.

Just my 2¢.


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