What Copyright Does Not Protect

Copyright doesn't protect:

  • Ideas, methods and systems cannot be protected by copyright.

Section 102 (title 17 of the U.S.C.) of the Copyright Act states, “In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work”. To protect an idea, method or system you need to patent it.

  • Copyright protection does not extend to names e.g. A business name, a song title, a book title etc.

These would fall into the category of trademarks.

Your country's Intellectual Property Office can give you the information you need about trademarks and patents.

 

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Protecting Brand Names

If you need to protect the name of your business or your artist name or the name of your band/group, then you need to register it as a trademark.

Copyright does not protect names or slogans.

To protect your brand name, please visit the Trademark House website.

Note: If you register your trademark through Trademark House, then you'll receive a free Copyright House Lifetime Subscription package. This package allows you to register your websites and all your musical, artistic and literary works at any time in life.

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