Copyright of title

Copyright of Title

Also work titles are pro­tectable

If you are preparing a work, for example as an author, software developer, musician or filmmaker, you are creating an in­tel­lec­tu­al property right which is protected by copyright. The title of that work des­ig­nates its content and character, and dis­tin­guish­es yours from other work titles.

The notice of title pro­tec­tion secures the title prior to the pub­li­ca­tion

Work title pro­tec­tion generally is obtained by being used. That means: If a work title is being used, the right for pro­tec­tion is basically granted. Therefore, as soon as a book, literary work, film, video or audio media or other similar in­tel­lec­tu­al creation is published, the title pro­tec­tion au­to­mat­i­cal­ly applies. Since the creation of an in­tel­lec­tu­al work may take a longer time, the author, artist or software developer can protect his work title already prior to its pub­li­ca­tion. For this purpose, there is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of ad­ver­tis­ing a notice of title pro­tec­tion in specific pub­li­ca­tions. The relevant medium in case of book titles, for instance, is the „Börsenblatt des Deutschen Buch­han­dels“.

The First in time, first in right (so called "First come, first served") principle also applies to title pro­tec­tion

Please contact us if you need any as­sis­tance in placing a notice of title pro­tec­tion. Because the same rule applies with work titles as with brand names: „The one who comes first, can claim a copyright“. That means, copyright is always granted to the one using it first or pub­lish­ing it first by ad­ver­tis­ing a notice of title pro­tec­tion. In order to avoid in­fringe­ments of legal rights, we will be glad to offer you a title search to ensure the usability of your desired work title.

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