afextwin Jan 13, 2013 @ 2:51pm
LucasFilm owns the word Droid, Disney owns Lucas, who owns Puppy?
If it's Disney, that makes sense, if it's not, why don't I see any fine print regarding the word Droid being owned by Lucas like I do with every single Verizon Wireless Droid advertisement?
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cprince  [developer] Jan 13, 2013 @ 3:10pm 
Probably because this is the title of a work of interactive fiction, not a physical product, and Lucas does not have a trademark in this area.
cprince  [developer] Jan 13, 2013 @ 3:11pm 
... hence Paradroid for example being entirely unmolested.
Silvador Mar 23, 2013 @ 1:19am 
I do believe that a discussion about copyrighting a single word came up with Notch's issue where Bethesda tried suing him for copyright infringement or some such by naming a game he was making "Scrolls". As I understand it, the case was that Bethesda had a copyright on Scrolls with their Elder Scrolls game, but the arguement was that you couldn't copyright single words. I don't know the specific details, so I may be wrong. It's just a vague recolection of vaguely described events.
theguynamedguy Mar 28, 2013 @ 9:21pm 
The "scrolls" argument sounds valid since "scroll" was a word that existed before Elder Scrolls, but I think "droid" did not exist as its own word before Lucas, which is why he was able to trademark it. I think before "droid", humanoid robots were referred to only as "androids" (if not just "robot"), which is technically a different word, despite "droid" being only a shortening of the word "android". Also, if I'm not mistaken, copyrights and trademarks are two different things, so different laws apply to them. And intellectual property laws certainly apply to non-physical products. And another thing, "paradroid" is a new word, so it would not make a very good example. I'm no expert in IP law, but even if this game violated Lucasfilm's trademark, it's up to them whether or not they would want to press charges, and I don't see any reason why they would feel threatened by this game. I don't see it negatively affecting the Star Wars franchise any time soon.
cprince  [developer] Mar 29, 2013 @ 4:51am 
I think everyone needs to read up on how trademarks and copyright works.
afextwin Mar 30, 2013 @ 5:27pm 
dev answered question in first reply to op. and latest reply is spot on. his answer is tldr; version of 3-11 pages worth of reading after find proper documents via [search engine]..

Do androids dream of electric sheep?
Silvador Apr 2, 2013 @ 6:22am 
Originally posted by afextwin:
dev answered question in first reply to op. and latest reply is spot on. his answer is tldr; version of 3-11 pages worth of reading after find proper documents via [search engine]..

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

1. That post started out making sense and ended with "WTF did I just read?"

2. F copywriting. Sometimes it just royally scrambles the brain. :<
Lex Apr 8, 2013 @ 5:29pm 
Lawyers can suck the fun out of anything.
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