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Naming games and copyrights

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If I were to make a game and use one word from another games title, would they be able to sue me?


I think there is an issue like this already floating around with Bathesda.

How can anyone copyright a single word though?


For instance I want to name my game Arche ______ but there's already another game named ArcheAge.

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[quote name='Butabee' timestamp='1312863032' post='4846521']If I [do anything to anyone], would they be able to sue me?
Yes. Whether or not they'll win is a different question that can't be answered here.


When someone "copyrights" a word, it's usually a trademark:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark
[/quote]

I guess I'll change it even though I already purchased a domain >.<

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Is you game similar to ArcheAge? Would the average consumer be reasonably confused as to whether ArcheButabee was associated with ArcheAge?

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Yes, it's the same type of game. I don't mind changing it though, I just needed a domain to host a site for development and came up with that. I'll just use the domain for development and let it expire and register my new name when the time comes.

I came up with something unique and better.

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