Can i trademark my podcast name [Explained]

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Can i trademark my podcast name

How do I secure my podcast name?

Quick note: You can't actually register your podcast name on iTunes or other platforms. Getting the domain name (and relevant social media profiles) is the best way to secure your podcast name.

Are podcasts trademarked?

As soon as you publish a podcast using your show name and logo, technically you have created your trademark. You don't HAVE to trademark it for legal protection against unauthorized use. If the mark is original, it becomes intellectual property as soon as it is made.

Can 2 podcasts have the same name?

In the United States, unless a podcast has a trademark on its name, there's no reason another podcast can't be named the same thing.

Where do I register my podcast name?

You might want to consider registering the mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and/or the trademark offices of other countries where your podcast is heard. Registration provides a variety of benefits, including a legal presumption that you're the rightful owner of the mark.

Do I need an LLC for my podcast?

Yes. An LLC will give you personal liability protection against potential business risks as well as give your podcasting business more tax options and credibility. It is relatively inexpensive and simple to form and maintain an LLC. Learn more about podcasting LLC benefits.

Can I copyright my podcast?

You can register the copyright in your podcast as a basic claim using the Copyright Office's online registration system or using a paper application form available from the Copyright Office's website. Online registration is less expensive and has a faster processing time.

How do I register a trademark for a podcast?

Go to the website of any domain registrar — you can simply search online for "domain registrar" if you don't already have one in mind. Enter your podcast name in the registrar's search bar to see if you can register the domain. If your podcast name is more than 2 or 3 words, you might also try a shortened version.

How do I know if a podcast name is taken?

Use Namecheckr and Instant Domain Search to get for a name's availability across multiple networks. Do Google searches, type the name into every podcast directory, and make sure it's not already trademarked.

What is a trademark vs copyright?

Copyright protects original work, whereas a trademark protects items that distinguish or identify a particular business from another. Copyright is generated automatically upon the creation of original work, whereas a trademark is established through common use of a mark in the course of business.

Do podcasters make money?

Sponsorships are the most common way podcasters make money. This is when the podcast promotes the sponsor during the show. You probably hear your favorite shows plug their advertisers a few times in every episode. How much you earn from a sponsor depends on the number of downloads your episodes earn.

Do podcasts pay royalties?

Podcasts do not currently generate performance and/or mechanical royalties. Show creators typically pay a flat upfront fee to license your music instead. Other than this one-time fee, there are no additional publishing royalties generated from the streaming or downloading of podcasts at this point.

Should I use my real name for podcast?

Your real name is already taken This is not to say that if you have a complex name you should use a pseudonym to simplify it, in fact, having a unique name can make you and your show more memorable. But if you want to, it's definitely an option.

Can podcast have same name?

Podcast names don't work the same as domain names so technically you can have multiple podcasts out there with the same name but it's not a smart strategy if you want to grow your audience.

Which podcast platform is best?

  • BuzzSprout — Best Podcast Hosting Overall.
  • — Best for Beginners & Affordable.
  • Podbean — Easy to use Podcast Hosting.
  • Libsyn — For Beginners to Experts.
  • Transistor — Podcast hosting for brands & professionals.

What is a good name for a podcast?

  • Freakonomics Radio.
  • Steak for Breakfast.
  • Cheesy Gordita Bunch Podcast.
  • Extra Napkins Podcast.
  • Publish Enemies Podcast.
  • Reply All.
  • The Self Love Fix.
  • The Trash Rats's Podcast.

What should you not do in a podcast?

  • Spending too much money.
  • Believing LibSyn is the only hosting option.
  • Not respecting your niche.
  • Not using a subtitle.
  • Not actively collaborating with other podcasting hosts.
  • Having unrealistic expectations.
  • Inconsistency.

How much money can you make from a podcast?

Typically, a podcaster with around 10,000 downloads per episode can expect to earn somewhere between $500 to $900. Very successful podcasts can earn much more, reaching up to $30 million in annual income.

Does my podcast need a disclaimer?

You have likely heard disclaimers similar to these on podcasts, in books and other mediums but a disclaimer that is specific to your show is important to protect you as the owner.

What is a copyright notice for podcast?

A copyright notice is a short line of text that lets the public know that your work is protected by copyright law and is not to be copied. These copyright notices are widely used and can be found all over, from websites and blogs, to films and music.

Does GoDaddy host podcasts?

Note: GoDaddy now offers Podcast Hosting and we can better support your podcast with WordPress.

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Can i trademark my podcast name

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Thanks for your comment Felipe Marschke, have a nice day.
- Chu Garrean, Staff Member

Comment by Raquel

did you know you can protect the name of your podcast with a trademark i'm angela langlotz trademark and copyright attorney i'm going to spend the next two minutes talking about this you can find me online at and if you have questions drop them into the comments below i'll answer them on a future live so i see a lot of duplicate podcast names in podcast land and i wanted to remind everybody that if you would like to protect your exclusive right to use your podcast name slash brand on your podcast it's a good idea to register that as a trademark why because it puts the rest of the world on notice that you are using that brand as a trademark on your podcast and if you have it registered with the united states patent and trademark office it will prevent anyone else from registering a confusingly similar brand for their podcast in addition if you need to tell somebody hey cease and desist i'm already using that trademark on a podcast you have a lot more power when you have a trademark registration you can point to it and say see these are my rights and they're on file with the united states patent and trademark office if you don't have a trademark registration all you can do is say sort of a wimpy hey i was using that first but you don't actually have any proof that you can point to so it's a good idea to memorialize all of that with a formal trademark registration with the united states patent and trademark office in addition it's important because podcasts can be described in a couple of different ways it's important that you work with somebody who's used to registering trademarks for podcasts because if you describe it wrong you will not get your trademark registration they will say no back to square one with you and you may have lost your right to register why because in the meantime between the time you registered in the time you heard back from the trademark office refusing your application somebody else may have applied for something that is either exactly the same or confusingly similar and now your opportunity to register that name for your podcast may have disappeared forever i'm angela langlotz find me online at i'm also on youtube where i have a big youtube channel just go there and search trademarkdoctor you'll find me i'm also on facebook just go to facebook and search trademark doctor

Thanks Raquel your participation is very much appreciated
- Chu Garrean

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