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Fandom Trademark

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Driezzie, Dec 22, 2015.

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  1. Driezzie

    Driezzie Regular Member

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    Ok not sure if I should post this on BHW but for what it's worth... :)

    Are nicknames of fandoms considered a Trademark infringement? Let's take the example of the most popular movie right now : Star Wars

    • Warsies
    • 'Jedheads' has also been heard.
    • Fandalorians, specifically for fans of Boba Fett and Mando'ade in general.
    cheers
     
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    Sherbert Hoover Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Fuck no. You think anyone involved in the films or products are going to want to be anything close to affiliated with "warsies"?

    Christ.
     
  3. Driezzie

    Driezzie Regular Member

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    I'm asking because in the past the NFL considered anything relating to a nickname of the fans of a specific team an infringement. Not sure how it is on other domains besides sports.
     
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    I would think the owners of the Star Wars franchise have better things to do than worry about that. They may take an interest if you build a star wars site and use a name like that, but i doubt it
     
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    Driezzie Regular Member

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    ok thanks! I did some more digging because I find this a very interesting area. Some fandom nicknames do have a trademark on them, best thing to do is look them up for free via the official trademark databases available. E.g beliebers of justin bieber is trademarked, swifties of Taylor Swift is trademarked etc. There are also other possibilies like trekkies for star trek fans or the warsies as shown above. Potterheads of harry potter is also not trademarked.

    I was very active in the Teespring business in the past and I know there were a lot of trademark infringements or considered a trademark infringement when it was around the NFL. Most people just used official logos and teamnames etc which is totally not OK. But if you take this a step further you could make a tshirt/jewelry about the nickname of the fans of some teams if they don't have a trademark on them. E.g the green bay packers are called cheeseheads so you could do something like "proud to be a cheesehead" and then use green and yellow colors.
     
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