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Can a Logo be copyrighted?
The logo is a recognizable and distinctive graphic representation, stylized name or symbol that identifies companies and brands. Accordingly, a logo is an invaluable business asset since it can be the first thing that potential customers see. If a logo is highly creative by including artistic or design elements, it can be treated as an artistic work and therefore can be protected under copyright law.
Once a logo is copyrighted, no one can copy or use it without the copyright owner’s permission otherwise it would be copyright infringement. Therefore, if you want copyright your logo, it is extremely important that you check before whether that logo is already copyrighted. In many circumstances, it is highly recommended to get both copyright and trademark protection for your logo (see the ‘Can a Logo be Trademarked’ section).