Fan sites and trademark law
November 8, 2010 7:09 AM Subscribe
Will my fan site violate trademark law?
posted by anonymous to law & government (11 answers total)
I want to preserve my anonymity, so I'm coming up with a situation just like mine, except with some names and keywords changed. I play a game called Awesome Pirate Fairy Ninjas from Outerspace. You can deck out your character in Awesome Armour to make it awesomer, but all the different Awesome Armour you can put on works together in complicated ways. This mean that it takes quite a bit of thinking and planning to decide what kinds of Awesome Armour you will use. There is an in-game tool called The Awesomator and its purpose is for you to plan out what kind of Awesome Armour you will put on your character and calculate its effects.
Purely as a fansite, I want to make a website that mimcs The Awesomator so that people can plan out their Awesome Armour without having to boot up the game.
* Am I violating trademark (or some other law) by mimicking a part of the game? Bearing in mind that it's a tool that would be useless to anyone not subscribed to the game.
* I was thrilled to find that awesomator.com is not taken. Is it okay to use that domain for this?
* Assuming the above two are okay, can I put some Google ads on the site, to maybe cover some of the costs of hosting? I am not going to get rich from this, folks.