How Do You Copyright a Logo? A Step-By-Step Tutorial | Appy Pie Help

How Do You Copyright a Logo? A Step-By-Step Tutorial

By Abhinav Girdhar | Updated on February 26, 2021, 1:40 pm

You have already chosen your brand name. You have already created an amazing logo using Appy Pie Design’s unique and easy to use logo maker. It is time to protect your brand assets with copyright. There is no dearth of people who would infringe on your creative intellectual property, and copyright helps you protect your brand assets.

You must begin with a thorough research of all the existing logos on the U.S. Copyright Office’s website. This is to make sure that the logo for which you plan to claim a copyright is, indeed, unique. Another important thing is to make sure that it is officially defined in the claim, who would hold the copyright for the logo. Otherwise, a conflict may arise between the creator of the logo and the brand for which the logo was designed.

Here is a step by step guide to the process of getting your logo copyrighted:

  • Go to the official website of United States Copyright Office and fill out the online application 
  • Pay the registration fee digitally or through a direct deposit to the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Send nonreturnable copies of your logo. You must send two copies, if your logo was published somewhere, one if it was not
  • Wait for an official confirmation from the U.S. Copyright Office

Whether you apply for your copyright from the online portal or directly at the office with a paper form, your copyright (if granted) would be effective from the date you submitted the application, not the date you receive the approval.

Once you get the copyright claim on your logo and it is registered with the copyright office, you hold the right on its usage. It includes the rights to publish, distribute, and control how it is put in front of the audience.

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