View Full Version : Use real companies in game?
Dec 9, 2012, 02:23 AM
I am in the process of making a game that would take place in NYC. I plan to release the game in the app store eventually.
I assume it would be illegal if I used real company logos (like Starbucks) and reproduced the logo in my game?
Dec 9, 2012, 02:47 AM
Yes. To use Starbucks you'll have to make like "Starcoffee" and change the logo. To use McDonalds you'll have to do "McBurgerShop" or something. I would recommend consulting a lawyer for further details.
Dec 9, 2012, 03:02 AM
Even Starcoffee and McBurgerShop will get you sued if you are not careful. Playing off a well known trademark and making money from it is also a violation of trade dress.
Dec 9, 2012, 03:16 AM
Take a look how rockstar games handle these :) more specific the GTA franchise.