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Can I copyright my domain name?

Copyright law does not protect domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization that has assumed the responsibility for domain name system management, administers the assignation of domain names through accredited registers.


Does the trademark protect the domain name?

If you have a trademark in your domain name, you have legal protection if someone uses your trademark name. Anyone can register the same domain names, but they cannot sell similar products or list information on their website. You can not prevent others from registering the domain name, but you can protect yourself against infringing on your brand.


Question: Does the copyright protect words or short phrases?

Answer: Absolutely not. Names, titles, logo, tag lines, slogans and short phrases are not subject to copyright protection. These are not considered “original works of copyright” under copyright law. Names may protect by trademark, In some cases the names may be protected by a trademark. See the trademark Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Can I copyright my website?

The original authorship appearing on a website may  protect by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright.

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Note: If you need any advice or assistance regarding trademark or copyright, contact a registered trademark agent or an attorney
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