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Question: What About Duplicate Titles?

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Question: I need to find out how to research and find out if a title I want to use has already been used. Is there a problem with using it again? Thanks, gh

Answer: Hi gh - Titles can't be copyrighted so it's ok to use a title that's already been used. That said, if you're talking about book titles, I think it'sworth a search on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel to determine if a title you want to use has been used before. If you find a current book by the same title, you probably want to come up with something different. You don't want to confuse people; you don't want to take advantage of someone else's marketing. If it's an old but well known book, like, for instance, Alice in Wonderland, you probably want to either use something entirely different or adapt it in some clever way.

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