Match My Whale respects the intellectual property rights of others and is committed to helping third parties protect their rights. Our users are prohibited from uploading content that violates another party's intellectual property rights. When we receive a valid notice of intellectual property infringement, we will promptly remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing content. We will also terminate the accounts of repeat infringers in appropriate circumstances.
You will find information below regarding copyright and other intellectual property infringements.
Copyright and Intellectual Property
Copyright protects creative works like music and film.
Under the laws of most countries, copyright is the legal right that protects original works of authorship, such as books, music, film and art. In most countries, copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems or methods of operation. Some of these may be protected by other rights. Generally, copyright does not protect facts and ideas, but it may protect the original words or images that express that idea.
However, copyright does not protect all expressions. As explained by the U.S. Copyright Office, "copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks."
To learn more about the scope of copyright protection in the U.S., you may find it helpful to visit the U.S. Copyright Office website.
Other countries also provide information you may find helpful regarding their scope of copyright protection. For a list of country-specific copyright websites, please visit the World Intellectual Property Organization's directory.
Trademark protects the brand names and logos used to identify companies and their products.
A trademark is a word, slogan, symbol or design (such as a brand name or a logo) that identifies and distinguishes the products or services offered by one party from those offered by others. Generally, trademark law seeks to prevent confusion among consumers about the source of products or services. The owner of a trademark may be able to prevent others from using its trademark (or a similar trademark) in a manner that would confuse people into thinking either that there is a relationship between the trademark owner and the unauthorized user or that the trademark owner endorses the unauthorized user’s products or services.
The owner of a trademark may obtain rights through registration with a recognized trademark office. In certain countries and under certain circumstances, rights in an unregistered trademark may be created through actual use of the trademark in commerce. Please note, merely registering with or obtaining a business permit from a government entity may not by itself create trademark rights.
For more information about trademarks, or to find out about registration of trademarks in the U.S., please visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website. For a list of potentially applicable trademark offices in other countries, please consult the World Intellectual Property Organization's trademark director.
Please note, a business registration does not indicate trademark rights.