What information can you give me about the doll. Was it sold here in the states? What was the name of the doll? What was the name of the company which distributed it here?
Any other info would be helpful.
I think this one has me stumped. While I could advise you on the licensing agreement and rights, I can't find the owner of the copyright/trademark.
I checked the US Office of Patents and Trademarks (which is searchable, by the way) and could find no Hedaya.
I checked a general search online and found only two references to Heda ya & Co., aside from the one you mentioned. I have placed the links below. Neither gives any information about the company.
I am assuming that the company went out of business or was bought by another company. However, the rights to the doll design could still be held by some company, so I can't advise you one way or another.
Sorry I couldn't be of more use. I don't even know where you should begin to search the company. Have you consulted with the experts on antique and/or vintage toys and dolls. Some of those dealers have a wealth of knowledge concerning the origins of dolls.
I will opt out of this question, in case another lawyer might be of more help.
Best of luck on your search.
Mary, thank you so much. I have written to a few of the antique doll dealers and am waiting for their reply. I think it odd that so many dolls were made by Hedaya & Co., but we cannot find the company listed anywhere over the years.
Thank you so much for trying!
Thank you, Nancy. No this is not the doll in question. The particular doll in question has a buck tooth protruding from her mouth. She is both a red head and a brunette and I believe was made as a blonde. The copyright on her is 1964 Hedaya & Co., Japan. I have the doll in my possession since I was 3 years old.
My question is actually regarding the copyright of the doll/character and where the Hedaya & Co., NY or Japan is or where they were headquartered?
I have found in the interim that Hedaya & Co., is no longer in business, however, I am trying to obtain the copyright information and/or artist for a particular series of dolls, that I believe were made for Carnivals and Fairs. I need to find the history of a particular character and thus the copyright information.
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