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Use of copyrighted and/or trademarked concepts and products are allowed under Fair Use. It comes down to whether the company considers the use libelous, but that's rare, as challenging your work would give extra publicity to your statement. Still, you can use any major brand in your work as it's simply free publicity to the brand. I've read several books ...


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The name of a product cannot be copyrighted it is trademarked. The appearance of the product can be copyrighted, trademarked or patented (trade dress). Video games need additional license due to the use of the possibly copyrighted visual appearance of the weapon models. Text, which only uses the non-copyrighted names, does not. You may need to look closer ...


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The short answer is yes, it is a trademark and infringement (not copyright) is specificly exclusive right to provide products or services under said trademark. If you're in the US, the bottom of the Wikipedia entry has links to some landmark court decisions in the field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark_infringement


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Copyright law doesn't protect ideas, it protect specific arrangements of words. (Or pictures or musical notes or any other tangible expression, but that's not the point here.) Easy case: If you copied a Harry Potter novel word for word, changed the author name to your own, and tried to print and sell it, you would be guilty of pretty clear and blatant ...


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I'm currently writing a little book which explains all equations that first year students will use A short remark before going on with the question: your claim in bold is definitely questionable. There is a law that requires many assumptions and I have referred the student to the page in the textbook that explains the assumptions. Is this safe to ...


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These two will explain you... *• Copyleft - (a play on the word copyright) is the practice of using copyright law to offer the right to distribute copies and modified versions of a work and requiring that the same rights be preserved in modified versions of the work. • Copyright - is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator ...



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