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Old Dec 9, 2012, 01:23 AM   #1
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Use real companies in game?

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?
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 01:47 AM   #2
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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.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:02 AM   #3
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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.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:16 AM   #4
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Take a look how rockstar games handle these more specific the GTA franchise.
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