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Old May 15 2013, 03:20 AM   #465
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Re: Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D to ABC!

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What makes it different from something like Alphas or Fringe is that they're not afraid to use the word "superhero."
Marvel and DC actually co-own the copyrights to the word "superhero".
No, they share a trademark, not a copyright. A copyright protects a literary or artistic work, while a trademark is a registered word, phrase, or symbol serving as an identifier for a distinct brand or product. What the trademark means is that nobody but Marvel and DC can use the phrase "super hero" or variations thereon in the title of a publication or product, or otherwise in a marketing context such as in an advertising slogan. But you can use it in the body of a work, as I was able to do in my novel Only Superhuman.

Here's a FAQ about it, and here's an article with more.
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