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I want to trademark a band name, and I've heard if you send the name through the post to yourself it trademarks/copyrights it , is this true? if not, any other ways?
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Trademark and copyright are two utterly different things.
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you put the little c somewhere and the year and hopes no one notices
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Is it possible to trademark a band name? I only ask because very few bands seem to do it.
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www.copyright.gov

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Is it possible to trademark a band name? I only ask because very few bands seem to do it.


actually a lot of bands do it, probably most to all bands do it. The reason it's "blink-182" instead of just "blink" is because they almost got sued because a band (from Ireland I think?) was already using blink.
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Is it possible to trademark a band name? I only ask because very few bands seem to do it.

It is not possible. I know there has been 3 bands called Nirvana. You can't trade mark the name, but you can trademark the logo.
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they dont trademark it. but when they become famous or whatever, they are protected by copyright.

and copyright it, dont trademark it, as The Hurt Within said, they are two different things
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#11
Worry more about your music when you do make a demo or album. Be sure if nobody has signed you to copyright all your lyrics and sheet music or it could be stolen.
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actually a lot of bands do it, probably most to all bands do it. The reason it's "blink-182" instead of just "blink" is because they almost got sued because a band (from Ireland I think?) was already using blink.


A band called 'Blue' tried to do the same to the boy band 'Blue', and that got nowhere.
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they dont trademark it. but when they become famous or whatever, they are protected by copyright.

and copyright it, dont trademark it, as The Hurt Within said, they are two different things



you don't have to be famous to have copyright. ANYONE can register and copyright a work at the copyright office, it's simple, it's online, and it only cost 45 bucks a work, which can be something like one song or a collection of songs.

Copyright has nothing to do with being famous.
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whats your band name?

Please tell me so i can steal it and pretend you dont exist


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you don't have to be famous to have copyright. ANYONE can register and copyright a work at the copyright office, it's simple, it's online, and it only cost 45 bucks a work, which can be something like one song or a collection of songs.

Copyright has nothing to do with being famous.


That's not what I meant.

It's a good idea to get one though, regardless of whether your famous or not, to get a copyright on your name, logo or songs. Just incase of plagiarism.
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Isn't trademarking for a product rather than a work of art or a media creation? Say for example, you can copyright the recipe of a drink but the trademark would be of the actual drink?

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You could do a poor man's copyright, which is when you seal the thing you want to copyright in an envelope with a newspaper from the day you mail it, then mail it to yourself and put it in a safe place. Then, if someone starts to use material that you wrote as their own, and making a profit from it, you can take them to court for not paying royalties to you.

I don't know if it works for band names, though.
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"According to the US Copyright Office FAQ, copyright "protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed."

While copyright covers expressions of ideas, trademark covers logos and brand names. The US Patent and Trademark Office says that "A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name."


Or from this site: http://www.legalzoom.com/trademarks-faq/trademark-versus-copyright-protection.html

Copyrights are a form of protection for the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.

A trademark protects a word, phrase, symbol or design or a combination of these, that identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one person or company from those of others.
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