A key part of a creative project is its name. An essential part of that name is that it can be used.
Brands are one thing. Domain names (presence on the internet) are something else. Not very different; But another thing.
You have to get there first. Same as with brands.
But its use is not limited to a single country. Good. If we consider that Internet It is not a country.
It is important to check the availability of the name with which the project is being baptized, to ensure that its presence on the internet is quiet and not to be surprises. The more homogeneous the better.
A great tool for reviewing the availability of domain names and social networking users is Namechk.
Over a name we end up overturning a lot of emotional ties; It is preferable to save the penalties, invest a little time in reviewing the availability and then opt for the name.
Having a domain name does not guarantee that we have a brand. That depends on the registration in each territory. One thing no Leads to the other.
And that we have a brand does not necessarily grant rights on the accounts of users in social networks. That depends on each social network, but they almost always go with the rule of "Step first, step hard".
The first choice of name is not always the strongest, and surely someone else has already thought about it and uses it. Do not be discouraged. Check it out.
Register your musical project's trademark
The most important thing about brands is that you have to register them. The other is that you must use them.
Copyright is benevolent with works. You can not register it and it is yours as long as you believe it. You can stop using it and the same property rights expire 80 years after you stretch the leg.
With the marks, no. You have to get there first and you have to know how to get there (sorry Jose Alfredo).
Even, it must be checked that someone else is not the owner before embarking All your energies and your investment in a project that should be called different from the beginning.
The registration office has An online search engine, Where are all the brands that have requested.
Industrial property is stricter than copyright in its formalities. Therefore, we must take into account:
- You have to identify which brands are developing the project; There are many, they are not just logos and names.
- The trademark must be registered with the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (in Colombia).
- Choose the right category; One or more.
- You have to pay a fee to have it reviewed and granted; Nothing is free in life.
- All the requirements and adjustments required by the SIC must be met in order not to lose momentum.
- You have to use it after you get it. If you do not use the mark, someone else can ask for the cancellation.
- It has to be renewed in time (after 10 years).
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When creating a musical project, there are many issues that must be addressed from the field of art; Although in the legal also there are issues that must be taken into account. One in particular: your trademark.
From "The 5 most common mistakes of a musical project"There is one I would like to add. Musical projects almost never think of their trademarks.
Musical projects need a name that identifies them, that allows the public to recognize them, ask them on the stage. That name, depending on the quality it has, and the strength of the project, should be protected according to the existing alternatives.
The easiest way to protect the name of a music project is to register it as a trademark.
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Let us not talk about the artistic, because that corresponds to others. Here is a small list of errors in practice, of any musical project, which I often encounter.
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