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Old 11-08-2005, 04:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Belfast Celtic
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You do realise that your answer has almost nothing to do with his question, don't you? (Good name though).

If you google something like 'band', 'name' and 'law' together then you should find plenty of info on this topic. I found this site:

Which amongst other things, says.

"You cannot copyright a band name. The correct legal protection is a trademark. Within trademark law there is a category called servicemarks. A trademark identifies a product while a servicemark identifies a service. Since a band is in the business of providing entertainment services, a servicemark is the proper tool to protect the name of a band.

The amount of protection you want for the band directly reflects the amount of money it will cost you. The least expensive route is a state trademark. Fees vary from state to state, but they are generally under $100. A state trademark gives you protection throughout the state you register. You can get the application by calling the Secretary of State. If you don't have a record contract or don't tour nationwide, I recommend a state trademark to start.

The next step is a federal trademark. A federal trademark gives you rights throughout the entire United States. The application fee for a federal trademark is presently $245. If your music is distributed throughout the United States or you do extensive touring, you may want to obtain a federal trademark. These forms can be obtained by calling (703) 308-4357."

This is about US law, so it may differ for other countries (maybe not that much though). To my understanding, a band name can't be copyrighted because copyright is an automatic right that applies to original creative ideas as soon as they are recorded. Band names are almost never original (the phrase will have been used before somewhere) and certainly too simple for copyright to be appropriate.

A trademark (or servicemark) is something which doesn't have to be completely original. A trademark just has to be different to the trademark for a brand which is already selling to a similar market to that which you are aiming for. Unlike copyrights, which are free and immediate upon recording, trademarks have to be registered and paid for. They also apply to different geographical regions and different product areas.

Hope that's of some help.
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