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Under the laws of most countries, copyright is the legal right that protects original works of authorship, such as books, music, film and art. In most countries, copyright doesn't protect facts, ideas, systems or methods of operation. Some of these may be protected by other rights. Generally, copyright doesn't protect facts and ideas, but it may protect the original words or images that express that idea.
However, copyright doesn't protect all expressions. As explained by the US Copyright Office, "copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks."
To learn more about the scope of copyright protection in the US, you may find it helpful to visit the US Copyright Office website.
Other countries also provide information you may find helpful regarding their scope of copyright protection. For a list of country-specific copyright websites, please visit the World Intellectual Property Organization's directory.
A trademark is a word, slogan, symbol or design (such as a brand name or a logo) that identifies and distinguishes the products or services offered by one party from those offered by others. Generally, trademark law seeks to prevent confusion among consumers about the source of products or services. The owner of a trademark may be able to prevent others from using its trademark (or a similar trademark) in a manner that would confuse people into thinking either that there is a relationship between the trademark owner and the unauthorized user or that the trademark owner endorses the unauthorized user’s products or services.
The owner of a trademark may obtain rights through registration with a recognized trademark office. In certain countries and under certain circumstances, rights in an unregistered trademark may be created through actual use of the trademark in commerce. Please note, merely registering with or obtaining a business permit from a government entity may not by itself create trademark rights.
For more information about trademarks, or to find out about registration of trademarks in the US, please visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website. For a list of potentially applicable trademark offices in other countries, please consult the World Intellectual Property Organization's trademark directory.