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John "Omega" Williams
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Assuming the game publishes didnt get permission to use the word Droid in the title. Then they are darn lucky Lucas hasnt hit them with a lawsuit yet. He actually owns the word Droid and any uses of it. I kid you not.

Fun game though. Plays a little like RoboDerby in some aspects.
 
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He's too busy adding additional "NOOOOOOOOOOO"s to the original trilogy.
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I'm no lawyer, but "owning a word and all uses of it" seems like a ridiculous notion.
I'm sure it can be regulated as to certain uses, but I seriously doubt any word can be prohibited from any use for any reason.
 
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Well, Motorola did evidently pay him for it: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2009/11/06/motorola-pays-lucas-...

I can't imagine "owning all uses of a word" is legally defensible, but of course it doesn't really matter. If Lucas & co. did decide to take legal action against a small game publisher they would probably just need to stop using it.
 
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Hes gone after game and toy companies before. The infamous Battledroids suit comes to mind readily in the gaming biz. Hence the original post.
 
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Well thats slightly different. The use of two words put together, either as a single word or two, as a title or noun with a capital letter, is usually intellectual property. So for example, separately the word "star" and the word "wars" cannot possibly be claimed as I.P. Whereas the title "Star Wars" is most definitely I.P.

There are exceptions. "Droid" is I.P. because it was coined by Lucas by removing "an" from "android", therefore becoming a new word in its own right. Its the only instance I can think of where this has happened but single words coined for commercial use are generally considered to be I.P. "Droids" is as much I.P as "Wookie" or "Ewok". So strictly and legally speaking, yes the authors of this game should pay Lucas for using the word.
 
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Jez2k wrote:
Well thats slightly different. The use of two words put together, either as a single word or two, as a title or noun with a capital letter, is usually intellectual property. So for example, separately the word "star" and the word "wars" cannot possibly be claimed as I.P. Whereas the title "Star Wars" is most definitely I.P.

There are exceptions. "Droid" is I.P. because it was coined by Lucas by removing "an" from "android", therefore becoming a new word in its own right. Its the only instance I can think of where this has happened but single words coined for commercial use is generally considered to be I.P. "Droids" is as much I.P as "Wookie" or "Ewok". So strictly and legally speaking, yes the authors of this game should pay Lucas for using the word.


Not according to Lucas at the time, and he won.
 
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Omega2064 wrote:
Jez2k wrote:
Well thats slightly different. The use of two words put together, either as a single word or two, as a title or noun with a capital letter, is usually intellectual property. So for example, separately the word "star" and the word "wars" cannot possibly be claimed as I.P. Whereas the title "Star Wars" is most definitely I.P.

There are exceptions. "Droid" is I.P. because it was coined by Lucas by removing "an" from "android", therefore becoming a new word in its own right. Its the only instance I can think of where this has happened but single words coined for commercial use is generally considered to be I.P. "Droids" is as much I.P as "Wookie" or "Ewok". So strictly and legally speaking, yes the authors of this game should pay Lucas for using the word.


Not according to Lucas at the time, and he won.


If you're referring to the Battledroids case, then yes, that name is I.P (owned by Lucas and used in the prequels) as its two words put together to form a unique name, and further cemented by the use of an existing I.P word (Droids).
 
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