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I need help with music things. Copyrights and trademarks

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the trademark federally registered?

If I trademark my name, does that mean no other person can use that name?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?

No, as I am not sure what kind of steps to take. It would be a waste of money to trademark my name if its a copyright I need.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I want to know if I need a copyright or a trademark, and what kind of powers each of them give me.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Intellectual Property Law
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Hello,

Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

1) you can not copyright a name by itself. Titles, short phrases, and names are ***** ***** for a copyright. Copyrights are used to protect creative works.

2) You can trademark a name, BUT you can only trademark a name in the context of a business enterprise. A person can not trademark just their name absent such a context. For example "Colonel Sanders can be Trademarked because it is in the Context of the restaurant chain.

3) There are some states that have state laws that protect a persons name and likeness for being used for commercial purposes without the persons consent. For example Tennessee and California has such laws. Other states do to. This is why you can not use the likeness of a celebrity without their permission. (There are exceptions to these laws that allow for certain uses without permission - which is why impersonators can earn a perform).

I am sorry if this is not what you had hoped to hear, but I would not want to mislead you into taking an action that would cost you energy and resources to no avail.

I hope the information I provide is useful to you. I want you to be comfortable and satisfied with my attempt to assist you. Please, if you have ANY follow-up questions, feel free to ask.

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