1Here we look at four essential copyright and legal rules for musicians and creators of any type, including how to properly trademark your name, as well as what to be conscious of when signing a contract.

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In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, music industry lawyer Wallace Collins shares some important legal knowledge for DIY artists.

“Trademark rights are rights in a name or logo which indicate source or quality. Such rights are based on “use” of the mark and vest in the owner when the mark is first used in connection with goods or services. Although the title of a work is not protected by trademark, these rights are applicable to names used by actors, musical performers, DJs and companies. The more unique the name of your company, product or band is, the more easily protection is available for it as a trademark. “

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