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Why do some TV shows not mention real-life brands, yet others do?

Some TV shows (and movies, and novels) go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-life brands. This video shows countless mentions of faux social networks: Friendbranch, Facefinder, Friendnet, etc etc, rather than Facebook. But others freely portray real-life companies when they want to. How come? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Would it be illegal or just rude?

What are the legal/copyright/douchebag implications (if any) of registering a domain name that is already a username on a free blogging platform? Yeah, yeah, you're not a lawyer... [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on Jan 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?

What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I go ahead and disparage this company on my blog?

I'm toying with an idea for a blog. On this blog, I would write short fiction entries in which a specific product, manufactured by a very well-known brand, would be exposed in every entry as particularly loathsome and subsequently disposed of or even destroyed. [more inside]
posted by amusem on Jul 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Technical/legal questions about a site that will parody a trademarked brand

I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Dec 22, 2009 - 6 answers

"Please don't start a similar business to mine elsewhere. It would hurt my feelings."

Can you really hold copyright to a business model/idea/concept, and disallow others from duplicating it? If not, then how is The Sampler able to do so? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2007 - 26 answers

Trademarks: Can I google you on Yahoo?

Does trademark law really offer any basis for the practice of using legal threats to prevent a trademark from becoming common usage? This article in the Google Blog strongly suggests that trademark law prohibits me from using (in a non-commercial context like a post on MeFi) the verb "to google" to mean "to search on the Yahoo search engine." Is this so? [more inside]
posted by winston on Oct 26, 2006 - 30 answers

Domain question

Our band has been using a .cc domain name since 1999 in hopes that we could snap up to .com version. The .com version has been purchased by a domain registrar... [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jun 18, 2005 - 18 answers

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