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Years ago I gave myself a name for an online I D. ( chat…

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Hi years ago I gave myself a name for an online I D. ( chat site) and a month or so later a company started using it and got a lot of publicity, I just felt like I had been robbed cause it was my idea.

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Can I prove it because it was online.

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 11 months ago

Copyright protects your original creative expressions.

If you can show you were the first to use this unique name and I.D. then you can assert copyright ownership. Presumably, since it was used online, that would not be difficult.

You would start by sending out a cease and desist letter to the company to demanding they stop using the copyrighted name, etc. and warn they will be liable for damages if they do not.

Then, if they do not stop, you would sue to be awarded damages for the misappropriation of your property.

You can do this yourself, but retaining an attorney is strongly recommended, as intellectual property claims are complex in nature.

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