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[^]
So I'm currently working on a small personal product for non-commercial use.
The product is freeware and has plugin/addin capabilities.
The question is wether I should get a seperate domain name for the product or host it on a subdomein of my private website?
The real problem is that if it were to become popular, the url is rather unfriendly.
But host it in a sub-folder on your private domain. That way you're not paying for extra hosting, and the url can still be friendly. (providing your hosting account allows for multiple domain names, if it doesn't....Change).
Then, Just point the dns of your new domain to www.Yourprivatedomain.com/newdomainfoldername/
Hi, if you are serious about your non-commercial product (and have expectations for it to become something huge), it is well worth it to purchase it's own domain for $5.
You can always host the site on your current server, but point the DNS to the new domain.
The last comment I would like to make is that you mentioned that the URL is "unfriendly".. this should just be another reason to purchase a more "friendly" URL, so the product has a better chance to become something significant to the community and not just be a waste of your time.
Best of luck.
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