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Cabrera
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Does anyone know if a Stage Name can be copyrighted or trademarked to protect it from being used by someone else. If so, how can I register the name?

Thanks
Cabrera
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Dr_Stephen_Midnight
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Register it as your business name.

Steve

Posted: Aug 26, 2004 10:11am
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Also, if you devise a distinct logo for it, you can register it as a trade mark.

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Ryan Birch
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If that is too expensive use a really stupid name that nobody else would want to use Smile
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Magical Dimensions
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Do a google search for trademarks. What you need is a Servicemark.

Trademark (used or intended to be used for goods) a Servicemark (used or intended to be used in providing a service).


I know that most clowns register thier names and even their clown face. I do not know where they do this, but I can find out.


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No, you don't want to go to the expense of registering it as a trademark or service mark.

Go to the county courthouse. Register your name as a DBA ("doing business as") - should cost maybe $10 with a few bucks to a notary to make it legal.

That gives you the exclusive right, in your county, to use that name in the conduct of business.
cloneman
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Sorry rossmacrae, Magical Dimensions is correct. registering a name as a DBA or even as a corporate name will not protect the name as a service mark or trademark. If you want to protect the name as a service mark, it is best to register it either with the state or the federal government.
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