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copyright / trademark question

Boss Hog

TRIBE Member
If I want to repeatedly use the name "Pizza Hut", as an example, in a film, but don't show the logo, is this possible without legal repercussions?

I'm thinking it's okay but if there's anyone out there who knows differently, or the specifics of the legalities, please let me know.

Thanks.
 
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kat

TRIBE Member
i think it depends entirely if you are slandering the brand or not

in most cases you can mention something by name, even show the logo (or mockup logo) - as long as you arent saying anything "bad" or questionable about it.
 

Boss Hog

TRIBE Member
Not really. It's just someone selling coupons, that's about as specific as it gets. There's no further talk of the actual product.
 

kat

TRIBE Member
then i think you would be fine

if its a fairly minor detail, they arent going to bother.
 
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Lysistrata

Well-Known TRIBEr
Problem with crap like that is the possibility that companies would take exception to their name or logo being used in a film is the main reason why distributors and tv stations and such won't touch your film without OE Insurance, which is priiiicey.
 
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kat

TRIBE Member
ive seen examples in television etc. where it hasnt been a problem

as long as youre respectful to the brand

if youre really worried then just change the name to some generic brand?
 

kat

TRIBE Member
well, if you really want to use it and your scared of legal shenanigans

you can just ask them for permission.

either way i dont think you'd have to pay to use it, or sign an agreement.
 
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Lysistrata

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by Lysistrata
Problem with crap like that is the possibility that companies would take exception to their name or logo being used in a film is the main reason why distributors and tv stations and such won't touch your film without OE Insurance, which is priiiicey.

About this insurance, not that you're necessarily interested, but it's information an indie film maker should have, here;s the link that was sent to me from IFC to explain it:

http://www.boyneclarke.ns.ca/Law_Letters/err+omm.html
 
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