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Copyright a PDF form?

Jun 28, 2011 9:48 AM

Am I able to copyright a PDF form built in Livecycle and offer it as part of a billing procedure my company can resell to our product vendors? What are my rights as an author of the document?

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    Jul 7, 2011 5:00 AM   in reply to treysgrn

    Blank forms are not in general terms protected by copyright law. Even if the form has a lot of design flourishes, it's still considered a tool to collect data.


    Some elements of the form may hold copyright in and of themselves, for example:


    • a logotype element on the page may have protection via trademark
    • a graphical design element or photograph may have standalone copyright
    • a block of original text used on the form (by way of explanation, etc.) can be considered a copyrightable work in isolation provided it meets the standards to be considered a creative work, but plain statements of fact such as field labels or button tooltips are not.


    but the form itself is not a "creative work". The same is true of things like blank diaries, bank checks or sheets of headed notepaper.

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    Jul 21, 2011 12:06 AM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    The answer depends a lot on the country you live in and, if different, the county your users reside in. In the end, you will probably need a lawyer to get a reliable answer.

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