Font names: legal problems?

ideagent's picture

I am currently working on four fonts under the working titles Clampett, Bodine, Drysdale and Hathaway. Now, anyone familiar with 60s TV kitsch will recognize from whence they came.

If I were to market these together in a package, does anyone foresee a phone call from the CBS legal department in my future?

If so, I'd rather avoid such a headache and simply re-name the fonts.

On a side note: Has anyone here ever named and released a font only to discover that name in use by another font?

close's picture

> On a side note: Has anyone here ever named and released a font only to discover that name in use by another font?

yeah, me. one of my fonts is called Hybrid. after it's release i've seen at least 2 other fonts that carry the same name.
none of them were licensed by a big foundry though, so i didn't get into any legal bull ... yet.

simon

hrant's picture

> does anyone foresee a phone call

Phone call?! More like a gestapo attack.

hhp

Hildebrant's picture

I would have to agree.

Its still safer than a "c3po" font might be.
Lucas is NOTORIOUS for pursuing copyright offenders.

I remember in highschool I had a friend who registered www.ilovestarwars.com, not long after getting the site up and running -- which in that time era a website was pratically foriegn to most -- they slapped him with a cease and desist.

:-(

hildebrant.

beejay's picture

I'd disagree. You can use the names for fonts
(Drysdale, etc.) provided no existing trademark
exists in a similar trade channel. However, you can't
use "Beverly Hillbillies" Font Pak or something because
BH is a registered trademark in various classes
and they'd get you for diluting the mark.



bj

beejay's picture

Tom, btw, curious to see the typefaces.

capthaddock's picture

I second what BJ said. "Beverly Hillbillies" is a trademark, so using that might be a problem. But the names of characters on the show are not trademarked; additionally, they are generic, common surnames.

Besides, look how many unrelated movies and TV shows have the same titles.

Paul

ideagent's picture

BJ, Paul: I tend to agree. They will not be marketed as the "Beverly Hillbillies Font Pak". In fact, I doubt they will be packaged together at all.

I will post the fonts soon (hopefully) in the Critique section. Clampett, Bodine and Hathaway are relatively complete. Drysdale is giving me fits. Here is a sample:

beejay's picture

Thanks Tom and good luck.

I really like Drysdale. The lc d is daring
and the uc D, did you draw with a mouse*?

bj

beejay's picture

>> and the uc D, did you draw with a mouse*?

I just realized that people who interract via email
would not be able to see that the D is very
Disneyesque, thus the mouse reference. :P

ideagent's picture

Haha...I got the first reference! A friend already pointed that out to me. Let's just say it's Disneyesque

hrant's picture

> You can use the names for fonts

Legally, there are a lot of variables, yes. But it's doesn't matter: the gestapo will still make your life miserable.

BTW, I like Drysdale.

hhp

capthaddock's picture

Drysdale's my favourite of the bunch, too.

Paul

kakaze's picture

Drysdale is very cool.

Looks very 50s, like something you'd see on Boutique or Hair Salon adverts.

The D is very Disneyish though, I'd say to make an alternate version of it at the least because Disney does not like anything even remotely connected with anything they own.

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