Copyright Aid Forum Index
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in   Main siteC A Main Site 

Youtube copyrighting

 
   Copyright Aid Forum Index -> Copyright Law

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Copyright Aid Forum Index -> Copyright Law
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Xelius
New Member
New  Member


Joined: 03 Jun 2014
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:12 am    Post subject: Youtube copyrighting Reply with quote

Hello, I am Dakota

I want to use a character of some sort in my videos, but I dont know who is copyrighted and who is just TM'ed. If someone with this knowledge could help me out I would be grateful. Thank you for looking and please help me out. Her are the characters I would like to use;

Master Hand (Smash Bros.), Doctor Neo Cortex (Crash Bandicoot), Heihachi Mishima (Tekken), The Master (Fallout), Zachary Hale Comstock (BioShock Infinite), Zeus (God of War), Fleming (Shadows of the Damned), Dessan (Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast), Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong), Origami Killer (Heavy Rain), Dr. Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog), The Joker (Batman: Arkham series), Kerrigan (StarCraft III), Andrew Ryan (BioShock), and Ganondorf (Legend of Zelda)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
AndyJ
Oracle
Oracle


Joined: 29 Jan 2010
Posts: 1588

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dakota,
Generally speaking names, even of fictional characters, are not subject to copyright protection, but I assume that you want to use the physical appearance of a particular character. If that is so, then all of these will be protected as artistic works and any copying of the artistic representation of the original would be infringement, and the only way you could safely use the characters would be to get a licence from the company which produces the game. To that extent, whether or not the characters are also registered as trade marks, is probably less relevant.
As trade marks have to be registered, protection only applies within the jurisdiction and for the particular products or services for which they are registered. So on that basis, you would need to check with your local registrar to see which if any of those on your list had been registered. If you are in the UK you can do this at the IPO website. The chances are that if a name is registered as a trade mark then it will be in a class which includes film and video (classes 41 and 42) and so you would be well advised to seek a licence from the trade mark owner before using that particular character.
_________________
Advice or comment provided here is not and does not purport to be legal advice as defined by s.12 of Legal Services Act 2007
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Copyright Aid Forum Index -> Copyright Law All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1
 

You must be logged in to post  Log inLog in
Want to join in? New members are always welcome  RegisterRegister & join the discussion

 

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group