Useful Links

Copyright

If you are in the business of creating then understanding copyright is vital

Copyright Basics

  • Circular on Copyright from the United States Copyright Office

Trademark

You probably can’t copyright your business’s name, but you may still be protected from unfair competition by trademark law

Trademark Basics

  • Basics from the United Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

USPTO Trademark search

  • A quick way to investigate the viability of names for your new group or business

Performing Rights Organizations (PRO’s)

PRO’s collect and distribute money to songwriters, composers, and publishers for public performances of copyrighted music

ASCAP

  • The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

BMI

  • Broadcast Music, Inc.

SESAC

  • (Originally) the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, now they just prefer SESAC

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