Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
hello. There is nothing wrong with any of the items you propose in 1-5, you do not need to promote on a separate website (but more exposure helps), insurance is not required, an editor is not required, nothing wrong with charging a fee, and you can sign up for advertising that is child-friendly. These are business decisions rather than legal issues or requirements. As to the copyright question....copyright does not protect "ideas" (there is no way to protect ideas or concepts), it only provides original & creative works fixed in a tangible medium, so you can copyright specific artwork, drawings, text, photos etc. but not the idea or website as a whole (although you can submit screenshots to the copyright office). See www.copyright.gov. Although copyrighting is fairly easy and can be done for about $40 per work online, you may need some attorney consultation to figure out the best approach for protection. You can also trademark the name of the website (or logos/mascots), which is another aspect you will need an IP attorney's expertise on...it costs about $1000 (including govt. fees) to have a federal TM application file.