There are currently over 30 million active bloggers in the U.S.
Blogs give business owners, entrepreneurs, and work-at-home writers a chance to generate the content they love whenever they wish.
If you’re keen to commit to the blogging life, you may be curious about copyrighting your blog name. After all, protecting your ideas in such a competitive market is vital.
In this post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about blog copyright and trademarking. Read on for insight!
Trademarks Vs. Copyrights
It’s important to note that there is a difference between a trademark and a copyright.
A trademark is typically applied to a brand that’s associated with a product, service, or entity of some kind. For this reason, bloggers are only able to trademark their blog name, tagline, slogan, and/or logo.
A trademark gives you the exclusive rights to your blog name, etc., and protects you from infringement.
A copyright, on the other hand, is a looser legal right that protects your content from infringement. Copyrights typically apply to artistic or creative works.
Should I Get Both?
Whether you decide to trademark and copyright your blog name and content–or to choose just one of these options–depends upon your intentions for using your blog.
If you intend to use your blog for commercial purposes (i.e., as a business asset) and it’s already doing well, it may be wise to go for both. If you are more interested in protecting your blog’s content as a private writer and don’t really wish to use your brand for commercial purposes, a copyright may make more sense.
At the end of the day, this decision will rest upon what you wish to have 100% legal rights to: your content, your blog branding, or both.
How to Get a Trademark for Your Blog Name
Requesting a trademark for your blog name (and brand) is relatively straightforward. Simply navigate to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website, check to ensure your trademark is unique, and complete an application.
There is a filing fee associated with requesting a trademark. At this time, trademarking a blog name costs between $225 and $400.
It does take several months to receive approval of your submission. You will likely receive your actual trademark within the span of a year.
If you’d like assistance with trademarking, visit Igerent for more information.
How to Copyright Your Blog
Copyrighting is a bit more time intensive. To get your blog copyright, begin by adding a Copyright footer at the bottom of your existing blog. Keep the date up-to-date according to when you started your blog.
Next, navigate to the U.S. Copyright Office website. We recommend filing online as this reduces your filing fee and is faster than a paper application.
Begin an online application and classify your blog as a “literary work.” You will have to submit copies of all current content of your blog. Most bloggers submit HTML files of individual posts.
Once you’ve paid the filing fee of $35, you can expect to receive copyright approval within several months to a year of filing.
Final Thoughts: Blog Copyright and Trademarking
As a blogger, your content deserves to be protected. Copyrighting and trademarking your blog can be a wise commercial and personal strategy to prevent against plagiarism.
It’s possible to acquire a blog copyright and brand trademark by filing online applications through the U.S. Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office. If you struggle with either of these steps, be sure to reach out to professionals for assistance.
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