Advice on possibly name copyright issues
April 23, 2012 3:28 PM Subscribe
Could an outdated web comic conflict with our upcoming iPhone game?
posted by SRMorris to law & government (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
YANML. We are in pre-production for our iPhone game and we have decided on the perfect name that captures it precisely. There are no competing apps with same name nor a concept similar.
Whilst doing our due diligence, we found an old web comic dated 2009 that features a character with the same name as our protagonist/app name (- the app name is linked with the character's job role.) Their character has only been drawn a few times and was last updated 2009. They also recently released a shirt featuring their character late 2011. A google search for this name only brings up two pages referring to this character.
Could this be a potential issue or opportunity for the artist to file claims of copyright even though they exist in separate fields? Would it be worthwhile filing trademark / copyrights even though their character existed before ours?