Can I trademark sheet music?

No, you cannot trademark sheet music. Trademarks protect the materials used to promote or sell goods and services.

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Trademarking sheet music

Sheet music is not considered a product, but rather the contents of a product; a suitable comparison would be to the contents of a novel. If you were to create a brand under which you sold a collection of sheet music, you could trademark the name, logo, or slogan of the company. For the actual sheet music, you want to look into copyrights.

If you create a name, logo or slogan for the purposes of selling musical compositions, the trademark would protect the name, logo or slogan, but not the contents of the book. The protected name, logo, or slogan would serve to differentiate your company from any and all competitors so long as it was distinct and specifically associated with your organization.

Trademark, or Copyright?

ItemTrademark or Copyright?
Business NameTrademark
Business SloganTrademark
Business LogoCan be both
Song LyricsCopyright

If you have any questions regarding trademarking names, logos or slogans, then you should contact our associates today.

Common Trademark Topics for Musicians

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Xavier Morales, Esq.

Mr. Morales founded his trademark law practice in January 2007 with the goal of providing intellectual property expertise to entrepreneurs and businesses around the country. Since then, he has filed more than 6,000 trademarks with the USPTO. You can learn more about Xavier here.

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