Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Baseball cards: Legal issues of collecting | cardboardconnection.coom

Law of Cards:
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Box
"Baseball cards, in fact all trading cards, are rich in legal issues. The card designs, the photographs of players, and the order and arrangement of the data on the back of the card are all protected by copyright law. The company and product names, the organizations associated with the cards (e.g., MLB, MLBPA, CLC, etc.), and the team names are subject to trademark protection. Players’ uniforms are protected by trade dress (a variation of trademark). There are also rights in players’ likenesses."

What’s not so well known is that with patents, copyrights, trademarks and lawsuits, a lot of information behind the making of cards is publicly available--if you know where to look for it.

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