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People get confused between Trademark and copyrights too often. However, they belong to a different set of things. To understand the difference, it is important to understand what these terms actually are!

What are copyrights?

Copyrights are a bunch of rights that are associated with certain forms such as any music, a computer program. The duration of copyright protection depends on several factors.  The rights are always with the owner and he is the one who has the ability to reproduce the material, or to show the work to the public. Everyone who wishes to use or reproduce the work has to at first take permission from the owner. Without their permission, nobody can use their work. In other words, copyrights strengthens the protection, by warning people.

What is Trademark?

A trademark is a sign that distinguishes one firm from another in terms of goods or services that two firms produce. Trademarks enable consumers to make quick, confident and safe purchasing decisions. Their different trademarks that exist are Collective marks and Certification marks. Trademark rights may be used to stop people from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to stop others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a different hood.

The difference between the two?

Copyright protects works which are fixed in a real form of expression which includes , graphic designs, photos, pictures, music  and sound recordings of all kinds, books, publications, plays, movies, etc. whereas trademark  protects phrases and logos used to identify the source of goods and/or services.

Copyright law does not protect a bare phrase, slogan, or trade name and if you wish to protect a title, slogan, generally you want a trademark.

The difference also lies in the way they are registered. Copyright is limited to ensuring that application is properly completed and enough proofs are attached. While for trademark registration, a thorough review of potentially conflicting marks which are found to be confusingly similar.

Copyright lasts for 60 years, while trademarks are valid for a period of 10 years.

Arghh. I never thought there was so much to differentiate between these two, did you?



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