Differences Between Copywriting & A Copyright

"Is copywriting the same as a copyright?" 
"Is a copyright different from copywriting?"

These are two of the most commonly asked questions copywriters and copyright lawyers get asked. Although these words are very similar, and oftentimes confused, they have extremely different meanings and completely different functions.

Copywriting is the act of writing text that holds the purpose of advertising or marketing. The actual product that comes from copywriting is called copy. A copywriter is a person who writes copy. The copy is the written material that has a specific purpose, often to advertise or increase a brand's platform.

Copy can be found in magazines, on websites, on blogs, and even on social media these days! It is used as a means of advertising, but in a way, that is meant to increase the reader's opinions of a brand or product. Copy can be seen across all industries, and is something you come across every day, even if you do not realize it!

Dictionary.com defines copyright as the "exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video etc."

Copyright is legal protection against a person's work. It protects the person from other people stealing his or her ideas or work. An important thing about a copyright is that it only protects the original ideas but not underlying ideas.

As you can see, the two words are very similar, but have entirely different meanings. If you need written advertisement done, contact a copywriter. If you need legal protection over a product, call a copyright lawyer.

Lindsay Fuce

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