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If you have newspaper proof that a special day was started

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If you have newspaper proof that a special day was started by you years ago do you have to have it copyrighted at the copyright office?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

You cannot actually copyright a day (such as Valentines Day or Save a Frog Day or whatever), those short words and phrases cannot be copyrighted under the law. Even though you may have started a special day, that does not give you actual intellectual property rights to that day. Now, you could consider trademarking the phrase if it is unique, such as "Save a Frog Day" to use it on merchandise, but that would not entitle you to protection from people using the name of that day to refer to the day itself, it would only mean that you could prevent people from printing that name on merchandise and selling it.

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