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The Importance of Trademarks to Tina Turner and Her Songs

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Tina Turner and her songs, teach the importance of trademarks for your business and brand. While the intellectual property of songs are usually protected by copyrights (which Tina and her label acquired), trademarking the name "Tina", added extra rights by trademarking the name of the person performing the songs.

Tina Turner, also known as the "Queen of Rock n Roll", passed away on March 24th, 2023, in Switzerland. Tina Turner's songs Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock. Bullock was introduced to the public as Tina Turner, by her then husband Ike Turner, with the single "A Fool in Love" in July 1960. It reached No. 2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The former husband and wife duo were branded as a "rock and roll couple".

Due to a very tumultuous and abusive marriage, Tina Turner filed for a divorce from Ike Turner in 1976. The divorce was finalized in 1978. The divorce was highly publicized and very expensive for Tina Turner-leaving her in debt. But, Tina Turner fought for her brand. Tina received no alimony, no royalties, and no money from the divorce settlement, but she was granted the intellectual property rights to her name. For the "Queen of Rock n Roll", her name (trademark) was worth more than anything else.

Despite winning the rights to the name Tina Turner, a trademark application was not filed until October 5th, 1999. The trademark for Tina Turner was officially registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 15th, 2001. Trademark attorneys for Tina Turner filed a use based application, also known as 1A application. The date that the mark was first used in commerce was 1978, when her divorce from Ike was finalized. The trademark for Tina Turner was registered under class 09 which is for series of sound and video recordings featuring music, musical performances, and music-based entertainment. The trademark is still alive, and attorneys her estate will likely continue to renew the mark.

For entrepreneurs, business owners, creatives, and visionaries, Tina Turner's fight for her name is one of the best examples of the worth of trademarks. Trademarks are truly worth their weight in gold-at least they were to the "Queen of Rock n Roll". May Tina Turner rest peacefully and her legacy continue on. If you would like to know more about protecting your business and brand with a trademark, click the link below to download the guide to learn how to generate multiple streams of income with your trademark.

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