Q: I am planning to start self-publishing books under a pen name. What legal steps do I need to take in order to this?
I'm a little confused about the process. I'm forming a LLC, but beyond that, do I need to create a DBA in the pen name? Do I need to trademark it? Do I need register for a copyright?
A: You should definitely sit down with an attorney and understand all the issues associated with it.
A: It is important to sort out what your business needs are. Trademarks are for brand names. Copyrights are for works in a fixed form and not generally for names. If you plan on making significant investments of time or money, it would most likely cost-justified to consult an attorney and build a solid foundation for yourself.
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