I just wondering that can I name my game characters on the "real" names? Is this somekind of rules or something that I cannot do that?? Example at the wrestling names, like Hulk Hogan or band names like Nirvana?
I would recommend that you consult an intellectual property attorney in your area for more information, but generally, these names are either trademarked or (in the case of an actual person's name) could be an issue due to right of publicity. To avoid any legal implications, it would be best to use names you've created rather than names of famous people, bands, etc.
Thank you for your answer! I thought that will be a problem in the future. Maybe I change a little bit those character names that they are different.
I am excited to accomplish my game :)
Using 'real names' a such as Hulk Hogan, Marilyn Monroe, etc., will get you into trouble because in the case of living celebrities, it could be mistaken for ENDORSEMENT. Stick to parodies (Dark Helmet instead of Darth Vader), BUT REMEMBER- if it isn't a name , person, or place that you have created, someone has royalties or copyrights on it.
And they will come after you.
In fact, if it has anything to do with Disney characters, comic book characters, or anything Jim Hensen had to do with it ... believe me ... if they find something they own they will hunt it down. First you will get a 'Cease & Desist' order/request, then you will get a lawsuit. Likewise, this goes for anything controlled by a decease's estate, such as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, etc.
It will not hurt to look up (and ask a lawyer) about what constitues 'Fair Use', and what the copyright laws say about it.
Just design your own stuff - it's easier!
I don't see any problem in putting up the Real names to the characters. But The thing I am seeing is, Developers are putting the fictional name just for tht appealing.
The more the Character Name Appeals and Strong the More it Attracts the Gamers. But There is no any hard and fast rule to not put the Real names.
Infact, There are many characters which are based on the real life Super Heroes.
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Never be naive. "Your Honor - I just didn't know!" will not stand up in court: lack of knowledge of something is not a good defense.
In truth - you COULD get away with it - right up until the moment you get caught- which could be years from now, or next week. Using a 'real' name will put you on someone's radar - and if it turns out the name you used is already copyrighted or trademarked (Meryl Streep just applied to have her name copyrighted) ... I hope you have a good lawyer.
We are not telling you this to 'rain on your parade' - we are telling you this to protect your butt!