Copyright of Title
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.