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Hi Spaceman,

It is my understanding that if a piece or work is not registered with the copyright office, that in the event of a copyright problem, damages can only be collected from the date the infringement was first noticed.

If a piece of work was registered, then the damages can be collected right from the very beginning when your work was being copied.

It is my opinion that your saying should not be a problem as far as infringement as your wording is different. Sorta like "Beechnut Gum" versus "Beachnut Gum" is very close to copyright violation (probably is). Your wording has a different theme, text designs, etc. so it may bot be a problem.

However, be aware that if the design(s) are hot, that somewhere along the line, they may be picked up.

Fred
Melbourne FL
 
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