Branford, CT asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California

Q: If I have a product that I would like to register under a CC license, do I need a trademark for the logo and brand name?

Its music that I wish to allow the public to distribute while retaining commercial rights by licensing my work as CC BY NC 4.0. However, I would like to use a band name and a logo to promote this music while also selling physical media and merch.

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: Registering your name as a trademark is not required to accomplish this goal, but it is definitely advisable! A registered TM gets you lots of additional federal protections (nationwide rights, presumptive priority, ability to sue for attorney's fees, etc). Please consult an IP attorney to see if this is a right choice for you.

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