Talk:Big Chief tablet
Scott55b (talk) 15:25, 21 July 2016 (UTC)The article states the Big Chief Tablet is no longer in production, but I purchased one yesterday at Wal-Mart in Austin, Texas. Three years ago I purchased one at another Wal-Mart store, this one in Round Rock, Texas. Has production started again for this iconic writing tablet or is this just leftover stock that is still on sale more than four years since the product was taken out of the Mead Corporation's product line?
A search on Amazon finds a small range of 'Big Chief tablets' made by 'American Trademark Publications of Brookshire TX. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 04:12, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
What's that about a copyright? Come on, you can't copyright a pad of paper. Sheesh. Unless someone comes up with some clarification or backup documentation, I plan to remove that comment.
The Wikipedia entry appears to be a summarized version of the information at http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci512952,00.html, which is something that I submitted based on a newspaper article in the Springfield News and Leader about the company. The Springfield Tablet plant was here in Springfield, Missouri. I no longer have the article itself, but it may be possible to verify the facts.
I have also noticed that there are a variety of pencil tablets labeled as "Big Chief" tablets. I imagine that the copyright was for the cover art and not for the concept of a tablet of ruled paper. Leave that kind of thing to modern patent artists. Whatever the case, though, the copyright is probably long expired unless the life of a copyright exceeds 50 years. Scott55b (talk) 15:25, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
The cover art would definitely be subject to copyright protection. The manner of ruling the pages might be considered too utilitarian to be covered by a Design Patent, or Registered Design. A 'concept' is never patentable.