I had a freelancer throw together a few logos for me this month. I’d like to get one into use ASAP. Do I need to copyright it before I make it public? What are the chances that someone copies it?
Logos are trademarked, not copyrighted. You can use it immediately with a "TM" in super or subscript (temporary mark) when you roll it out and simultaneously file for a trademark. You can do this on the USPTO site yourself for little. The "TM" is a warning to others you are in process. If/when you get a registration, you then replace that with the registration mark. If you receive a registration, and do not use the registered mark, your rights are not diminished. A registration is a registration. Your risk if you do not, is 1) that someone else has a similar logo that is trademarked and you do not find out until a cease and desist letter is received, 2) someone copies your logo and uses it also to compete with you, or 3) nothing. If you use your logo with no filing and someone were to get a trademark for the same/substantially similar logo after you, you have precedent. You cannot prevent them from using it, but they cannot prevent you to stop using it (prior use test).
yes neha jain you must take copyright of your logo so others cant use it and you will also have your uniqueness .the process is very simple and efficient
I wouldn't worry about it, unless you spent tens of thousands of dollars creating it.
Do I need to copyright it before I make it public? NO
What are the chances that someone copies it? 0%
Logo is your intellectual property you need to protect it