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Names & titles - Can I get copyright protection for my band name?

Names, titles and short phrases are not generally protected by copyright because they are not of sufficient substance to constitute a “work” for copyright purposes or they are commonplace.

However, names can be protected under other areas of the law. For example, you may be able to register the name as a trade mark. There is a formal registration system for “marks”, such as names and logos, which are used in the course of trade. Unlike copyright, protection under the NZ Trademarks Act requires registration and payment of a fee. Only names and marks capable of distinguishing your goods or services from another trader’s mark or name can be registered. Registration stops others using the same or a deceptively similar name or mark in the course of trade. Trade marks can be registered at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

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