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Copyright FAQ

Can I copyright a name, title, slogan, logo or idea?

A copyright protects original works of authorship. This could include lots of things, such as: books, movies, songs, dances, architecture, and software code.

Your work is protected by a copyright the moment it is created, but to get the full power of a copyright, you must register your copyright with the US Copyright Office. This creates an official, public record of your copyright. If you ever need to sue to protect your work, a registered copyright will be a huge benefit.

Copyright doesn’t protect ideas, systems or methods but it may protect the way those things are expressed. If it isn’t fixed in a tangible form such as having been written down, sculpted, built, or recorded – it cannot be protected by copyright.

What about slogans, logos, and titles?

If used to identify a brand in commerce, a trademark is usually required to protect these assets. In general, if a slogan, logo, or other asset creates a connection between a customer and a company, it is a trademark.

LegalZoom can help you register a copyright or apply for a trademark. Answer a few questions about your work and send us a copy of it and we’ll file the paperwork for you. Our copyright and trademark team will support you the entire way, and we can even get you in touch with an independent attorney as part of our legal help plans.

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