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My husband who is deceased started creating a line of cards

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My husband who is deceased started creating a line of greeting cards and various drawings. We, his family wish to sell them on line but need to be advised about copyrights and how we can protect them. He passed away January 16th 2010.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

hello.

Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

I suggest you get the copyright registered on each greeting card and other materials that you believe may be copied by other and commercialized etc. Copyright applications are fairly easy to do and cost about $40 per application, see www.copyright.gov for instructions and online filing

Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

having a registered copyright makes your legal protection much stronger, and practically, even though copyright is suppose to arise automatically upon creation, it isn't of much value unless registered. A registered copyright is required to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and to get statutory damages (otherwise you have to prove your damages, which is usually not easy and requires a lot more $$$ spent on litigation/lawyers)