How do I find out if a rap name is taken?
Search your rap name in the trademark database and see if it’s already taken
- Step 1: Visit the Search Trademark Database.
- Step 2: Scroll down and click the “Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)” button.
- Step 3: Select the Basic Word Mark Search option:
- Step 4: Enter your rap name and press the “Submit Query” button.
Can you copyright a rap name?
The United States Copyright Office only permits copyright protection for original works in categories such as fiction, nonfiction, music, screenplays, artwork, computer programs, motion pictures, and photography. However, a rap name is eligible for protection with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Are artist names copyrighted?
Firstly it’s important to note that trademarking your band or artist name is by no means compulsory. Unlike music copyright, which automatically assigns rights to the creator or owner of a piece of original work, trademarking doesn’t come about automatically. Instead – it’s something that you must register to do.
Does a rap name matter?
The point is, the name isn’t as important as we think it is. Just because your name is one thing, doesn’t mean people can’t understand your values and respect your talent in rap. BUT with that being said… There are some pretty awful names out there, and they can make a first impression.
How do I claim an artist name?
Filing a Trademark Application for an Artist Name
- Select your name. Selecting a name is more difficult than you might think.
- Conduct a Trademark Search.
- Identify the Goods and Services and Filing Basis.
- File the Application.
- Respond to any objections raised by the USPTO Examining Attorney.
- Approval and Registration.
Can an artist have a pen name?
An artist can use two names or replace their name with a pseudonym. Artists usually use another identity to create a brand or signal a change in style. Artists also use a pseudonym if another artist has the same name, has a common name, or wants to hide their identity.
What names are copyrighted?
No. Names are not protected by copyright law. Some names may be protected under trademark law. Contact the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, [email protected] or see Circular 33 “Copyright Protection Not Available for Names, Titles, or Short Phrases”.