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Thinking of selling a "filler" idea to a newspaper - a daily

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Thinking of selling a "filler" idea to a newspaper - a daily brief joke-type item. Have to yet to come up with a name for the item. If able to sell this, would a copyright be recommended for the name & the jokes material, etc?

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Thank you for your question.

I assume that you mean some type of syndicated column. If so, the name itself may be eligible for trademark protection because the name itself would identify you or your company as the source of the column.

The material for the jokes would be eligible for copyright registration by filing a copyright registration at

In summary, it would be a good idea to file a trademark registration for the name and a copyright registration for the material for the jokes.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Just quick question - rough idea of fees for trademark & copyright registrations -- thank you again.

A standard trademark application is $275.00 and can be filed at and copyright registrations are $35.00 which can be filed at
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