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Using famous names,songs...etc

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Can I name my game for example U2 or Pink Floyd or Star Trek? Also can I use a famous song in a video trailer or something? As you can see I'm interested in copyrights...

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I'm not a lawyer, but I'd say that you can't. You definitely can't use a famous song in a trailer - at least not without paying for the right to use it so. I don't think you'd want to name your game after a rock group or a tv show - not unless they gave you the ok to make a game named after them and about them.

On the other hand, you can probably get away with taking a name from a character or something similar. For example, Duran Duran took it's name from the movie Barbarella. And there's a band named Aqualung and a Jethro Tull song named Aqualung too.

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@TheDarkDude
Short answer: no
Long answer: Maybe, see this Wikipedia article for a good overview of copyright laws (primiraly about USA's laws)

@LessBread
"Duran Duran took it's name from the movie Barbarella."
No one bothers to secure or uphold a copyright on such a small aspect of a larger copyrighted work
"And there's a band named Aqualung and a Jethro Tull song named Aqualung too."
There are HUNDREDS of bands named after other band's songs or lyrics. Aqualung is a tribute band. Again, see Wikipedia on this matter. I am not sure about the copyright concerns surrounding tributes. Do your own research...

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There is also a Jethro Tull tribute band named "Aqualung" according to the directory at tribute-band.com:
Aqualung

Additionally, "aqualung" is a word meaning "A portable breathing apparatus for divers, consisting of cylinders of compressed air strapped on the back, feeding air automatically through a mask or mouthpiece." source

However, this digression should end. This is TheDarkDude's thread.

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You could probably get away with naming a game U2 if it has something to do with the airplane and had nothing to do with the band or their music.

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