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December 10, 2012 8:06 PM Subscribe
So I was on the interstate today here in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia, and I noticed an 18-wheeler that had mud flaps from a place called the John Wayne Truck Wash and Chrome Shop, and it raised a question for me around copyrights.
posted by 4ster to Law & Government (8 answers total)
I don't know the first thing about the John Wayne Truck Wash and Chrome Shop, other than the fact that I googled it, and it is apparently in Pennsylvania. Now, I am assuming that John Wayne (the actor) has his name and likeness copyrighted, and that someone could send a cease-and-desist order to this business if they have not obtained the proper permission.
But suppose for a second that the owner of the business is also named John Wayne. What then?
I guess what I am asking is whether or not you can use your own name in a business, even if the name is also owned and otherwise protected by someone famous.
Just curious. Thanks for your help.