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Monday, April 15, 2013

Did You Pay To Name A Planet? You Got Scammed | Popular Science

Did You Pay To Name A Planet? You Got Scammed | Popular Science:

Just a reminder that the Copyright Office has no authority to confer naming rights or ownership in any extraterrestrial body, be it star, moon, planet or black hole.  All that they do is register creative ideas that have been fixed in a tangible form.

The most (in)famous example of this as an ongoing scam is the execrable "International Star Registry", which, very truthfully, advertises that "your star name will be registered in book form with the Copyright Office".  Most people think that this means that this process somehow conveys official status to their name.  In fact, all it does is register a book with the Copyright Office that has the name in it.  Cost of registering your star name with the ISR?  Anywhere from $54 to $489 (including a "certificate" and "heirloom frame" at the higher levels)!!!  Cost to ISR for registering a copyright in your name? $35 (online only filing) to $105 (hard copy).

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