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Do the same trademark laws apply to short titles of within a book as does the title?

Generally, book titles are not protected by copyright because they are classified as “short slogans” by the U.S. Copyright Office. Essentially, they don’t want to restrict titles that may be just as effective in a different book.

Other things you can’t copyright:

  • Recipe formula
  • Names of products or services
  • Names of businesses, organization, or groups
  • Catchwords or catchphrases
  • Pen names or stage names

It’s certainly understandable that you’d have more questions about things to look out for. For some additional information about infringement, check out: What You Need to Report Copyright Infringement

If you have additional questions, you may want to talk to a copyright attorney. LawTrades is happy to connect you with a seasoned and fully vetted freelance attorney. Check out our website and let us know if we can help!