"Jumps for Dummies" gets new name

"Jumps for Dummies" gets new name

Post by SchnellJ » Sun, 13 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Are you sure they have a legal basis for their complaint? I find it
>doubtful. I read that titles are not copyrightable.

Methinks they are out of line, too.  After all, their book on FS is Figure
Skating for Dummies.  I don't think they can stop you from using the "for
Dummies" on your page.
 
 
 

"Jumps for Dummies" gets new name

Post by Trudi Marrapo » Sun, 13 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Are you sure they have a legal basis for their complaint? I find it
> >doubtful. I read that titles are not copyrightable.

> Methinks they are out of line, too.  After all, their book on FS is Figure
> Skating for Dummies.

Like, duh. They don't want someone else's work confused with theirs.

Quote:
> I don't think they can stop you from using the "for
> Dummies" on your page.

Sure they can, and if she really wants to find out whether they can or
not, she soon will, but wisely she has chosen not to.

Their book is "Figure Skating for Dummies" because they copyrighted the
phrase "For Dummies" as the name of their product line of books (as
opposed to just a title for one book). You can't copyright the title of
one literary work, but you can copyright the title or part of a title that
is part of a line of nonfiction books and/or a product line. (They even
sell games under the "For Dummies" name.)

This is why other copycat publishers have copyrighted other
similar-but-different names such as "The Complete Idiot's Guide" and so
on. They are not permitted to use "For Dummies," so they use something
similar to put out the same kind of book.

Trudi