Use of brand name terms and names of characters
by Christopher Moore on Feb 16, 2012 at 6:03:40 pm
I'm writing a movie musical and one song is a love letter to old school video games. Is there any issue with the use of a video game title or character in a song?
Also, what about the use of titles of movies or the mention of characters or elements from a movie? Can you have a piece of dialogue or a song lyric that mentions Star Wars or talks about a lightsabers or references Luke Skywalker? Would there be any problem with using those in a song or piece of dialogue?
I know that many of Kevin Smith's movies(including his first Clerks) make references to Star Wars items or other pop culture references.
Re: Use of brand name terms and names of characters by Angelo Lorenzo on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:01:18 pm
If it helps sell the script, write it. Let the producers and lawyers deal with legal clearance.
A lot of titles and companies have the protection of registered trademarks (this includes the name, not just the logo) so it is pertinent to get the legal okay if you're making this yourself and plan on actual distribution. It doesn't seem like the gauntlet has come down on anyone for youtube-esque tribute videos.