[thelist] Copyright on web site.

Mattias Thorslund mattias at thorslund.us
Wed Jul 30 15:17:33 CDT 2008

Hi Andrew,

I recommend reading a little about trademarks and copyright, e.g. on 

This sounds like a potential trademark issue (and not a copyright issue) 
but if they aren't claiming it as a trademark (either TM or circle-R) 
then they aren't claiming it as such, and from what I can tell (IANAL; 
TINLA etc, etc...) you'd be free to use it.  Another thought, however, 
is that since they market their product under that banner, you might be 
unable to claim exclusive use of the term yourself. If you wanted to get 
a registered trademark, that is. You'd need to consult a trademark 
lawyer to find out however, because I'm just guessing.



Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser wrote:
> 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

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