Use real companies in game?

Discussion in 'App Store Business, Legal and Marketing' started by Robbietaylor, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2009
    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?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Orange Furball

    May 18, 2012
    Scranton, PA, USA
    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.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    Take a look how rockstar games handle these :) more specific the GTA franchise.

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