Difference Between Copyright and Trademark  

        Copyright is a legal right that authorizes the inventor of a particular intellectual property. It prohibits its use by the public in any form, like direct copying or reproducing. Copyright is given to creators of technology, science or art, like painters, writers, artists, architects and scientists.

        The United States Constitution states that copyright is an instrument used "to promote progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors, the exclusive right to their works". These creators who have been granted rights for their creations, have the liberty to use them in ways they choose to, like selling the rights of their creation to the public, or by permitting another individual to use their property, much like an author gives his publisher the right not just to publish, but also to sell his work. 

        Copyright violation is a punishable offence in most countries in the world. The letter 'c' in a circle has been designed to denote copyright protection.

        A trademark is the manufacturer’s signature on his products, and used to represent consumer goods from well known manufacturers. The law provides that any product that comes stamped with a trademark cannot be copied; hence no one can reproduce the same product and pass it off as an original. If he does, he will be in violation of trademark rights, which are with the manufacturer of the original product. There are three kinds of trade marks currently in use -- ‘TM’ or an unregistered trademark, ‘SM’ or a service trademark, and ‘R’, which is a registered trademark.

 

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