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Old 01-02-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Copyright Band Name?

I'm forming a band and we want to call it the name of a popular character in a video game series. Is there any chance of this name being 'copyrighted' (would the gaming company even bother copyrighting a name like that?) Any chance we can get in any shit for this?

I know it's kind of hard to answer without the actual name. But it's not like a main character if that helps.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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To be honest, just go for it.

There are tons of bands who are named after characters (Atreyu and Aiden being two examples. Cant think of any bands that I actually listen to though XD)

Its also only going to be an issue if your band becomes big.

Best of luck to you anyway
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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Out of interest, what is the name?
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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Try the copyright for dummies-thread in the bandleading forum http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1053221
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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I dont think you can copyright a name of a character
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:11 PM   #6
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I dont think you can copyright a name of a character


Probably not Mario for example, but I think Zelda and Solid Snake are both singularly recognizable.

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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Probably not Mario for example, but I think Zelda and Solid Snake are both singularly recognizable.

Wait, what are you saying the difference is between Mario and Zelda/Solid Snake? They're all incredibly popular video game characters.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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Wait, what are you saying the difference is between Mario and Zelda/Solid Snake? They're all incredibly popular video game characters.


I think he's saying that Mario is actually a name, whereas you're unlikely to meet someone named Solid Snake or Zelda. Like I couldn't copyright 'Steve' but I could possibly copyright "Earle Squirrelson"
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I think he's saying that Mario is actually a name, whereas you're unlikely to meet someone named Solid Snake or Zelda. Like I couldn't copyright 'Steve' but I could possibly copyright "Earle Squirrelson"

There's lots of people called Zelda, also before the games. Your point is still good, though.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:42 PM   #10
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"Earle Squirrelson"


That'll be the name of my first child. Freakin' awesome.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #11
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There's lots of people called Zelda, also before the games. Your point is still good, though.

Zelda Fitzgerald! F. Scott's wife
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:49 PM   #12
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Hey guys, I checked out that thread and it helped alot! I think because we wouldn't be in the same 'market' as the game, we're in the clear. Thanks a heap.
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