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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 responsible for domain name system management, oversees domain name assignments through accredited registrars.

Does trademark law protect domain names?

Trademark law can offer legal protection for domain names containing your trademark. Although others can register identical domain names, they cannot sell similar products or provide related information on their websites. While you cannot prevent others from registering the same domain name, you can protect your brand from infringement.

Question: Does copyright law protect words or short phrases? Answer: No. Names, titles, logos, taglines, slogans, and short phrases do not fall under copyright protection as they are not considered "original works of authorship" according to copyright law. In some cases, names may be protected by trademark law. For more information, refer to the trademark Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I copyright my website?

Original authorship on a website, including writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship, can be protected by copyright.

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Note: For advice or assistance regarding trademarks or copyrights, consult a registered trademark agent or an attorney. We cannot be held responsible for any decisions made at your own risk.

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