What are the differences between Trademark and copyright? (R) and (C)


Also, when should each be used and at which cases?

In: Economics

Copyright is more for creative work e.g. artist paintings, books, photos etc.

Trademark is for letting people know hey we own this this is ours, for things like logos, slogans, company names and so on.

Copyright is used to protect creative works like books, movies, music, and even gamer streams. It’s created automatically when the work is created, but if you register the copyright (which is easy) you get certain protections, like being able to recover legal fees in court.

Trademarks are for protecting the name and logo of a brand.

Patent is for protecting an invention.

Copyright covers creative work, such as anything written, music, videos, art, etc.

Trademark protects a company’s identity — name, logo, colors, tagline and such, so that another company couldn’t try to confuse customers in the marketplace. Anything created can be marked with a TM but if you file your trademarks with the government and they are approved then you can use the (R).

A trademark is an identifier, whereas a copyright or a patent protects the work. Say, for example, that the Arborist Society writes a book called *Caring for Your Forests*.

They would trademark the Arborist Society name and logo, so that Joe Schmoe can’t write his own book about forests under the Arborist Society name.

They would copyright the book so that the Forestry Association couldn’t publish the same book and profit from the Arborists’ work.

A trademark is generally assumed as a given; if you operate consistently under the same name and logo, you have trademark rights by default; copyright is more complicated and you usually have to go register for it when you publish. You *can* register a trademark, which means basically that the government will put more resources behind you if someone tries to make something under your name. You don’t have to do this, but if you don’t, you’ll have to search for people using your name and logos if you want to sue them over it.

It’s all the same, and you can also add patents, according to people who use the term “intellectual property”.

Seriously though…

* Copyright is a set of rules governing reproduction and usage of creative works.
* Trademarks deal with company identity protection.
* Patents ensure a time-limited monopoly on usage of an invention.

Copyright is what forbids you from copying a Beatles record for a friend. Trademark is what forbids you from stamping “Disney” on children’s books you write and publish. Patents is what forbade you to produce and sell sildenafil (viagra) until 2017 (though the molecule had been sold by Pfizer since 1998).