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I am wondering if besides owning my domain name, should I copyright the actual name of the site?

If my site is called mysite.com. Could I go to http://www.copyright.gov/ and copyright mysite?

Or do I need to do nothing? What would be best if someone was to try and steal my website name?

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What you really want for that is more likely a trademark or servicemark. Copyright protects the content of a given work and a URL/site name is too short to copyright. (http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html#title explains that you cannot copyright names, titles, and slogans).

You can start here (assuming you are in the USA by your copyright.gov) link.

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/index.jsp

  • Just to add, you automatically have copyright on your actual content when you publish it; there is no need to explicitly register it. – DisgruntledGoat Nov 11 '11 at 0:30

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