Thursday, 28 January 2016

Copyrights and Trademarks - What are the Difference?

The difference between a trademark and a copyright is easy to remember by looking at the reason each exists. The purpose of a trademark is to protect the consumer. The purpose of a copyright is to protect the artist. Talk to solicitor Donegal for more legal advice.

What is a Trademark

A trademark is a source identifier; that is, a word, phrase, or symbol that indicates the source of goods or services. McDonald’s identifies the source of fast food. A red bulls-eye identifies Target, a source of retail services. The word “Budweiser” identifies the source of a certain beer brewed in Colorado.

Marking products with source identifiers protects consumers by saving them time and effort during shopping. Using a Budweiser beer drinker as an example, without the source identifier – the Budweiser brand – on the product, the beer drinker would have a tough time finding the beer he loves. In fact, he might have to taste-test every beer in the cooler before he recognizes it.

With trademarks, the beer drinker walks into the store, picks up a six-pack of Bud, and is out the door again in an efficient transaction. Trademarks protect consumers by making shopping more efficient.

Because trademark rights are tied to the degree with which the consumer associates the trademark with a product in the marketplace, trademark rights can cease to exist if a company stops using its trademark. As the trademark fades from the consumer’s memory, so the strength of the trademark fades in the eye of the law.

What is a Copyright

A copyright, on the other hand, is entirely different. A copyright is a protection granted by the government to prevent others from copying an author’s or artist’s expression of creativity, be it a book, a song, a sculpture, a film, a painting, etc.

The thinking behind the protection is the notion that if anyone can download a free copy of a popular new song, why would anyone ever pay for one? And if no one would ever pay for a copy of a song, why should a songwriter bother writing songs that the public would enjoy? And without music, where would humanity be?

With copyright protection, a songwriter can charge others a fee for a license to make a copy of the song, or for a license to play or perform the song. Thus copyright protection encourages participation in the arts and discourages “free riders” who would try to make ill gain off the hard work of someone else. The best known example of successful music licensing is iTunes, where music lovers willingly pay license fees to download millions of popular songs and videos.

Copyright protection lasts for the author’s lifetime plus seventy years. With this extended protection, a creator can pass her copyright on to two generations, more or less, of her heirs. Copyrights can be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office; however, the right exists without registration, and many copyrights are never registered. A copyright owner who wishes to sue for copyright infringement should register the copyright before filing suit, because the penalties for violating a registered copyright are greater than the penalties for filing one that is not registered.


In conclusion, trademarks and copyrights are both intellectual property, but that is where their similarities end. A trademark helps a consumer efficiently identify goods and services in the marketplace. A copyright helps discourage others from copying artistic works. Both are valuable protections that can be used to the benefit of their owners.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Key To Winning Business Awards

Are you a business owner? If so there is a good chance that you want to get some type of acknowledgement for your effort and time that is put into your business.

Getting recognition

It is important that you get your name out there as an authority in your industry. This way you can increase your chances of getting nominated for an award.


There are also awards that companies can nominate themselves. This can be expensive.

Make the final push

If you are nominated for some kind of an award it is important to do what you can in order to get over the line and win.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

What is trending in January 2016?

According to Google trends here are the trending topics for January 2016

  • The Revenant Movie
  • The Oscars
  • Davos 2016 - The World Economic Forum
  • The NFL Playoffs
  • Star Wars
It goes to show, that Movies play a big part of what we are all interested in.

Monday, 18 January 2016

What are the best drones?

Drones have become extremely popular worldwide. One of the great things is that they are great for making videos.

Most drones have HD cameras but which ones are the best?

Here are the best brands that you can buy online.

1) DJI

2) Parrot

3) Hubsan

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