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Hi guys.

With the super help of another Moderator here on the forum. I finally got my irish bumb off the seat and started organising my photo collection online.

My full name is Ian Spring and as a kid everyone always called me springer.

So I found the domain springercollection.com

I thought it was quite nice and a little personnel for my photo collection.

So just started that.

I got an email from a friend tonight telling me I should be careful about using that domain name for my project.

Because in Germany one of the biggest publishing houses is called SPRINGER VERLAG.

How can I find out if they have for some strange reason copyrighted the name springercollection also ?

I dont have any money and a big publishing house could simply blow me out of the water before I even get to start my photo project.

Does anyone have any ideas on ... if I need to change my whole project name and can i still use the name springercollection as my project ?

Do I need to copyright this name some where ?

As I said i have no money and am doing this online project on a real shoe lace budget.

Hope you guys can give me some tips.

Thanks a million.

Ian :smile:


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Hello Ian :-P

Of course I can not give you any binding information, but maybe it helps a little. ;)

I think that everything that could be somehow associated with the name of some big company, sometimes could be a problem. Still you're yet the only one with this domain. :rolleyes: But you should take up with the "Axel Springer Verlag" contact, and ask whether this publisher has reasoned objections. I think this is the best way to avoid possible problems in advance. :cool:




Axel Springer SE Contact:


Axel Springer:




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Why not just:





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Trademarks is what you are looking for, not copyright. And trademarks are quite specific, "SPRINGER VERLAG" is not "springercollection" so you are pretty much safe with that one.

And, most likely they won't do a thing, as it would be a bad-press risk. (See the Mikerowe vs Microsoft case)


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It was weird.. I visited my publisher in germany last week and showed him my site with my photos.

He just turned to me and said.. so you want to donate your life to the springer corporation ?

I asked him what he meant ? and he turned his eyes to the sky and told... springer is a registered trademark in germany.. I am officially living in germany and must obey the rules there... I cant use any logo or trademark that uses the word SPRINGER with any seperation from other words within germany.

Funny thing is... if I was still living in Ireland... this would be zero problem...

The germans are admittely MENTAL !!! about their laws and how... everything is illegal... im sure when I quietly fart at a bus stop... they could do me for gasing.....



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I could say that I said it from the beginning, but no matter.

I am myself with many rules and laws in my home not in line and some of it is extremely exaggerated, to put it mildly.

I am sure there are much worse worldwide regulations.

Farts are not regulated by law with us, I think so, but they might let some people to faint suddenly. And that could end up with legal consequences for the discovered polluter ..

If our small folk actually perceived as such?



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You can search the German trademark database for free at the official website of the German patent office.

https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/Uebersicht (there's even an English version!)


Doing a "https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/register/305771000/DE).

In case you want to talk to the Springer people, please keep in mind that there are two completely different publishers named Springer in Germany. There's the aforementioned Axel Springer SE as well as the Springer Verlag that publishes scientific journals and books. The Springer Verlag people are the ones holding the trademark.


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