Use real companies in game?

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

  1. macrumors regular

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    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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    Orange Furball

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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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    thewitt

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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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    roxxette

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

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