Monday, April 09, 2007

Should I Trademark My Band Name?

Using this question as inspiration, I thought it'd be a good idea to examine this topic further.

The decision on whether or not to trademark is not an exact science. It's certainly not going to fit every business' plans. You'll need to gauge
your plans, your goals and your dreams. Just because your business is small now does not mean that it will always stay that way.

But whether or not to trademark a band name is a bit stickier. The same principles apply in that you'll have to determine the long term goals.


A few questions to consider that should help you make the decision about whether or not to trademark your band name or your artist name:


1) How serious are you about this business called show?

Is your band something you do with your buddies every now & again? Or is this a full-time gig? If your band is your career, think of it that way.


2) Are you touring?


If you're touring all over your state, all over the country, all over the world, then your name is out there for all to see and to know.

3) Got a CD? CDs?

If your band has published your tunes onto a CD or CDs, where are they being sold? At shows? On-line?

It basically comes down to how serious you are about your music career. If entertainment's the field you know you're going to be in, then take the steps to protect yourself now.

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