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gundream

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:12 am
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Hello everybody.

In this link http://www.gamegenomeproject.com/ from Game Genome Project, they are using 'Blender' as name for a new Android App. Is that legal?
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stiv

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:55 pm
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Blender itself is (mostly) copyrighted by the Blender Foundation. The name is not a trade mark. There is also a (failing) music magazine called Blender.

This particular 'Blender' appears to be a web-based app for filtering or choosing games you might be interested in.
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CoDEmanX

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:33 am
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how could you copyright a commonly used English word?

if so, i would copyright "and" Twisted Evil
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stiv

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:29 pm
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Copyright essential mean "I made it and it's mine". In the US, you automatically hold the copyright on anything you write. (disclaimer: not a lawyer).

We are mixing up copyright (the code) and trademark (the name) here.
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CoDEmanX

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:17 pm
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topic question is:
is "Blender" copyrighted? <-- with quote marks

so question is: is it allowed to use the name. Yes, it is. But if you would release an app which lets you model 3d stuff, called it blender and used a similar logo, than it would be illegal (as brands / labels are protected + you must not confuse customers with similar product + name)

is Blender copyrighted?
Yes, stiv said it already + in germany you automatically own the copyright for everything you create too. In germany, you can't ever sell the copyright, just give others permissions to use it. But what you created loses copyright and becomes public domain 70 years after the creator's death (does not apply to snapshot pictures taken, it's 40 years after release or death)
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spaces

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:12 am
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CoDEmanX wrote:
how could you copyright a commonly used English word?


Funny eh.. try Apple roflmao...
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stiv

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:13 pm
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Quote:
Funny eh.. try Apple roflmao...


Once again, trademark vs copyright.
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CoDEmanX

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:05 am
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you're right stiv xD

"Apple" is a little different, there are special rules for very well known companies.
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