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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Football Club Names Reply with quote

I am an author wanting to write a book about a premiership club. I know that club badges and shirts are copyright controlled but are the actual names of the clubs also subject to copyright restrictions?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Author,
No, club names - or indeed any normal names - are not covered by copyright because they are judged to be 'facts' and not the product of a creative mind. But it is possible that many football cubs will have registered their names (and their badges) as trade marks. This is mainly to protect their merchandising. Thiis should not cause you any problems with regard to your book, so long as you don't give the impression that any club is endorsing your views.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:03 pm    Post subject: Football Club Names Reply with quote

Many thanks Andy. That's v. encouraging.
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