Difference between trademark and copyright
Trademark vs copyright:
Today’s market is full of various modern products which generally gain high demand from the community. Many create products and put them up for sale. These products generally encompass a huge variety: modern equipment, gadgets, novels, songs, movies, and even theories and hypotheses on various subject matters. Whatever your product is, you need to think of a way to ensure that you- the creator- get the original rights privileges. This is also referred to as intellectual property rights. When your product is preserved with intellectual property rights, no other party can steal it from you and you, only you, will be gain the original creators rights. Although during the Middle Ages, anonymous authorship was encouraged, at present, creators wish to enjoy recognition and monetary compensation every time someone enjoys their product or piece of work, and that is where trademark and copyright come in. both trademark and copyright is means of preserving the original rights to the original creator of the product. However, the two phenomena seem similar, there are several distinct differences between the two and still, many people find it difficult to differentiate between the two. Therefore, this article endeavours to explain what trademark and copyright mean with a paragraph of their differences following afterwards.
What is a trademark?
As it is defined in a dictionary, a trade mark is ‘an officially recognized mark or name belonging to a particular company, and not to be used by anyone else, and that is put on all goods made by the company’. It can also be defined as a distinctive sign used by an individual creator, business organization or a company with legal production rights, for consumers to identify that the particular product on which the trademark appears is invented by a unique resource and is designated for a definite market and to make a distinction for its products or services from other similar entities. The first officially registered trademark launched in Britain in 1875 for Bass beer’s red triangle. A trademark is generally indicated by several signs and they are presented as follows.
™ – used for an unregistered trade mark (a mark used to promote goods)
– used for an unregistered service mark (a mark used to promote services)
® – used for a registered trademark
What is copyright?
As it is generally defined by any dictionary, copyright is defined as the sole right to reproduce a literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work, and also to perform, translate, film, or record such a work. In a broader sense, it is a legitimate concept which is endorsed by many governments in the world letting the creator of an original work to enjoy the exclusive rights to it. But, the original authors are allowed to enjoy these original right privileges only for a limited time. The general meaning of copyright can be translated as ‘right to copy’ and only the copyright holder is permitted to reproduce the product, to re-perform the work, to be accredited for the work, to be financially profited from the work, and other associated rights. Copyright can also be viewed as a form of intellectual property which is applicable to any form of an idea or information. Copyright is indicated with the symbol © and copyright is usually applied to works of art such as a piece of music, a film, a book, a drama, or a translation. Speaking of the origin of the copyright, the first law was the Statue of Anne which proclaimed in 1710 in response to publishers printing books of authors after the expiration of the signed contract and not paying off the authors the profit of the reprinted books.
What is the difference between copyright and trademark?
Both terms can be understood similarly by most people as both phenomena protect some original work or product from using it by an unauthorized party. Yet, when closely observed, there are several distinct differences between the two intellectual property protection means. The major difference between trademark and copyright is that while trademark is used on products, brands of goods and services, copyright is applied to books, films, music, and drama. Another difference is that while trademark can either be registered or unregistered, copyright does not come in like that. Moreover, another major discrepancy is that while trademark is about not letting anyone create a product identical to your product under the same brand, copyright is about not letting an unauthorized party from copying, re-producing, re-creating or re-performing your work without your permission. Only a copyright gained party can copy such work of art and generally copyrights remain during the day of the creator and even after 50 years after his/her death. And, copyright law is applied internationally while trademark, especially unregistered trademark, only covers the area where the product is distributed.