According to the Wikipedia disambiguation page for 13, there are nineteen albums, four songs, two movies, two novels, a card game, a manga, a musical and a play all titled "13", not counting stylizations or alternate forms such as "Thirteen", "13th", "Number 13" or "XIII".

Wouldn't there be some trademark issues?


You cannot copyright a word or name in and of itself, so you can't sue someone for having a novel titled 13 so long as their novel is distinct from your own. Trademarks can use certain words or word combinations, but often in a way that is stylized or symbolic of a particular unique style and may include font, coloring, and other unique artistic takes. For example, McDonalds cannot copyright or trademark the letter "M" but it can trademark the "Golden Arches" a unique stylized "M" that they use as signage to at all their locations. If the name is a brand of a certain product such, then the name can be trademarked but only with respect to that product. For example, if the Acme Wash-Master is a dish washing machine they can't sue Ace Wash Master, a unique dog bathing system, for using the name "Wash Master" since it's both styled different (Acme uses a dash between words. ACE uses a space) and non-competitive product lines (most people would not wash dishes in a dog bathing device... and one would certainly hope that no dog owners ever said to themselves "Fido stinks and my tub is busted. The dish washer will do in a pinch!").

  • 5
    IIRC, it's even harder or impossible to trademark numbers at all, and for example that's why Intel started naming their CPUs (e.g. Pentium as a brand-name for 80586, where 80486 was only ever known as "486".) – Peter Cordes May 6 at 7:49
  • 1
    Well some numbers themselves can be illegal: youtube.com/watch?v=wo19Y4tw0l8 – paul23 May 6 at 9:56

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.