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Copyright a Logo


When deciding to protect your logo or design it can be a bit confusing trying to decide how to protect it. After all, your logo is basically the face of your product line or your services so it makes sense that you'd want to do the right thing when it comes to ensuring that you have exclusive rights to it.

The question is should you copyright your logo or trademark your logo? The answer, surprisingly, may be both.

The US Copyright Office states "copyright protection may be available for logo artwork that contains sufficient authorship." What does this mean exactly?

Each logo or design is going to vary from the next in regard to being eligible for copyright protection, of course, but the key to understanding is learning what is meant by "sufficient authorship." Logos or designs that fall into any one of the two categories are not eligible for copyright protection:

• familiar symbols or designs, e.g. the peace sign, a single arrow, a Latin cross, etc…