Mailbag: Copyright vs Trademark
Dear Webcomics.com, I am starting a new webcomic and have a quick question for you. A phrase used by many companies and Internet entities is also the name of my webcomic. Obviously I cannot trademark the name, but what if I add “…a webcomic” to the name? Is this small amount of clarification enough to justify a trademark? I have emailed the USPTO, but haven’t gotten a response, so I figured I would ask my favorite band of webcomics experts and creators. I can still copyright my characters obviously, but I was just curious about the title. Thanks for the help.