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Don’t tell any of my girlfriends, but I still confuse the two most dominate boy bands of the ‘90s: the Backstreet Boys and *N’SYNC. Perhaps they are intertwined in my mind because both vocal groups were founded by the (in)famous music mogul Lou Pearlman and shared a teen-friendly pop style. It probably doesn’t help that their incredible level of success and time in the spotlight were so similar. The bottom line is I honestly couldn’t tell you which band released the the album Millennium or starred Justin Timberlake. (In my defense, I was more likely to be listening to Skillet or Five Iron Frenzy).
In the same way (okay in a completely non-embarrassing way), it’s common to confuse and interchange the terms copyright and trademark. While both copyrights and trademarks offer intellectual property protection, they cover different concepts. Understanding the basic distinctions between copyright and trademark, however, is absolutely critical to protecting your intellectual property assets. It’s also essential to responding to someone claiming infringement.
Generally speaking, a copyright protects any original piece of work—such as a literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, or other intellectual...
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