Another fantastic episode! Thank you all for answering my question about copyrights and trademarks. I actually was kind of wondering how your opinions would differ from @davidhohn 's in regards to these legal matters!
It makes total sense about not trying to sue over a work, especially if it's not something entirely substantial (monetary wise at least).
That said, I can see benefits as Will Terry pointed out with the extra value the copyright protection gets one in court, plus I'm sure an official copyright would scare off at least some who would have otherwise stolen the creator's work had that not been the case.
(but then again, I guess it would get even more confusing if one thinks about the international release and copyright protection of a product, so I can see how it can get cumbersome when there are so many variables to keep track of).
That was some fascinating information about trademarking, @Jake-Parker , thank you for sharing it! I've always been intrigued with trademarks when I see such difference in how companies protect the names of their characters:
For example, Why is Optimus Prime, while Bumblebee?
(These are products from 2007, so I'm not sure if this still applies to current Transformers toys)
Is it because Optimus Prime is a more recognized or unique name? Is it because "Bumblebee" is an actual, non-made-up, real word?
Here's another example:
Both "Clone Trooper" and "Darth Vader" are ; Star Wars is , while the sub name of the shows are interesting: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels are
(Star Wars: The Clone Wars first debuted in 2008, with Star Wars: Rebels debuting in 2014)
Darth Vader is a much more prominent and known character than just a clone trooper, so why isn't he given the upgraded trademark? (compared to Optimus Prime and Bumblebee)
I'm fairly certain that trademarking is only applicable to a brand/franchise/character as Jake described, rather than just to any name or word. I guess I've always been intrigued by the mystery surrounding it all.
And if nobody knows the answer, that's fine. You don't have to spend your time seeking it out if you don't want to. I'd rather not create unnecessary work for anyone. Just posing some curious questions, that's all.