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I intend to produce a mobile/app/software. The specifics doesn't matter but let's say there is someone extremely famous in the same field. A comparison is creating an F1 app called "Michael F1". I intend to use only the first name but everyone understand who this refers to.

The person is dead. Could his descendants make some kind of claim because they own a brand or something?

  • How long has the person been dead? Is the well known person's name trademarked? – Mr.Mindor Oct 22 at 14:39
  • Names cannot be trademarked (In the U.S. that is). If your brand is styled like the famous person, it could be a different matter. – hszmv Oct 22 at 14:43
  • The person is not dead. – gnasher729 Oct 22 at 15:53
  • @hszmv "styled" is a bit vague. Can I mention his full name on the web page for example? I think not.. – arisalexis Oct 23 at 11:20
  • @arisalexis: By "Styled" I mean that merely typing "Walt Disney" is not a violation of any copyright, however use of THE Walt Disney's signature (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney#/media/…) or the Disney Company's logo featuring the signature (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_Pictures#/media/…) then you're crossing into IP issues. I could write a fictional book about a guy who has the unfortunate name of Walt Disney or a clone of Walt. But I can't use the real one's signature or company logo. – hszmv Oct 23 at 11:46

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