I'm working on a product and now that it's nearing completion, I'm starting to worry about copyright and trademark.
I see the two all the time but have little to no knowledge of them.
Copyright is the rights to distribute the product, so putting copyright on the product will prevent illegal distribution, right? (Prevent or allow me to sue them I mean)
Trademark is used to reserve the use of a name/image (according to wikipedia).
So putting a Trademark on the product name will protect it from use by others.
My two questions are:
If I Copyright a product, do I also need to Trademark it's name to prevent others from using it?
Can a Trademarked software product name be used in something completely unrelated such as a play?
I'm not a lawyer. I assume you;ve read the wikipedia article on copyright[^]
What do you mean by "use"? If you create something then you control how it's distributed, so if you don't want someone using it, don't distribute it.
A trademark protects the mark's use for commercial purposes - it doesn't mean it can't be used in places (such as an article about the product) where there's no chance of there being confusion about whether you're using the name for commercial purposes or just talking about it.
I think what you're after is a License agreement. Get a lawyer if you're concerned, or pick a common license[^]