Many people, especially those new to the business world, confuse trademarks and copyrights. It is easy to see why because they do have a lot in common. Both provide legal protection for intellectual property. However, the types of property that each protects are different from one another. What follows is an overview of how trademarks and copyrights are similar to one another, as well as how they are different.
Both trademarks and copyrights go into effect right away. You do not need to register them for them to be valid. However, you can gain extra protections for your intellectual property by registering a copyright or with a trademark filing Plano TX. Registering a trademark or a copyright produces a record of its creation and makes it easier to enforce.
If you have a work of original authorship, a copyright provides protection for it. Examples of works of original authorship include the following:
- Short stories
- Nonfiction works (e.g., biographies)
- Musical compositions
- Artistic works (e.g., paintings and sculptures)
- Audio or video recordings
For copyright protection to apply, the work must exist in a fixed form, which includes electronic forms. If you own the copyright over …