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Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Derivative Art

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Copyright law vests the original work's copyright owner with the exclusive right to prepare derivative works. Therefore, the owner in the preexisting work must authorize the creation of a derivative work in order for it to be separately owned by another. #copyright #copyrightlaw #derivativeartwork #expression #intelectualproperty #trademark #PENMEN #GrinBig #Smile #SmileMore #Dreams #ThisIsOptimism GrinBig.com Penmen.com

Grin Big! Sign over the Door

The New Grin Big! sign is up over the door of the new store on Main Street, Florence, Colorado. Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams! 

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Believe in Yourself!

Believe in Yourself! Only You can be You. You're genuinely unique and you have something to contribute that no one has ever seen before. Your optimism is powerful. You have a positive vibe that attracts others and encourages others to be happy. Be yourself and live the life you want to live. Success is found [...]

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Penman the Optimist Turns 30 This Year

Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams. Penman the Optimist Turns 30 this year. We're positively optimistic about the year ahead. What began as a cherished character drawing in the fifth grade of a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977 has become a positive and timely motivational inspiration to all those who refuse to [...]

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Penman Gary Blehm, The Optimist in 1996 Syndicated Comic Strip within 6 Years of First Publication

In 1989 Optimistic Cartoonist Gary Blehm, nicknamed "Penman" after his character with a broad half moon shaped smile or grin. The character was often shown wearing his round sunglasses in posters, books, and comic strips. In this promotional photograph Blehm is shown tied down to his drawing table symbolizing the commitment to producing a daily [...]

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Gary Blehm, The Optimist Draws on the Half Moon Grin in 1980 and Choosing the Path of Optimism

Gary Blehm draws his first poster in 1980 and chooses to make optimism and positive vibes his life's work. In this photo Gary shows his mother some of his favorite designs that would lead to a newspaper comic strip nine years later. Be positive and follow your dreams with hard work and a positive mental [...]

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Gary Blehm, The Optimist, Spreading Optimism and Positive Vibes Since the 1980's

Gary Blehm, the Penman, created his optimistic cartoon character with a broad half moon shaped grin in a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977. Since then the character has seen poster, book, syndication, and animation success spreading his brand of optimism.Blehm learned about optimism from his father who would often repeat, “life is about experiences and I'm here [...]

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