Jesse Theiler

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I've developed what I think is a pretty cool card game called "The President" where the goal is to gain enough votes to become president.

Right now, the game has the 2 major US parties in it, Republican and Democrat. Does anyone know if those terms are considered public domain and therefore can be used in the context of this game?

For example, there are cards that are Republican and others that are Decmocrat.

I've done some poking around on the net and quite frankly can only find discussion related to the symbols (Donkey/Elephant - I'm not using those) but not the party names themselves.
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jptheiler wrote:
I've developed what I think is a pretty cool card game called "The President" where the goal is to gain enough votes to become president.

Right now, the game has the 2 major US parties in it, Republican and Democrat. Does anyone know if those terms are considered public domain and therefore can be used in the context of this game?


Anecdotal evidence-- that is, the presence of other games with this theme that feature those very same real-life parties-- suggests that you're in the clear.
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Well, there is no democrat party. There's a Democratic party. The term "Democrat party" was created by a Republican strategist because they thought it would imply certain rodent qualities. So if you use "Democrat party" your game will have a hamfisted slur in its core concept.
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inevitability wrote:
Well, there is no democrat party. There's a Democratic party. The term "Democrat party" was created by a Republican strategist because they thought it would imply certain rodent qualities. So if you use "Democrat party" your game will have a hamfisted slur in its core concept.


Maybe he should use "demorat" and "republitard" instead. Might be more reflective of our actual political system
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Sacrosanct wrote:
Maybe he should use "demorat" and "republitard" instead. Might be more reflective of our actual political system


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inevitability wrote:
Well, there is no democrat party. There's a Democratic party. The term "Democrat party" was created by a Republican strategist because they thought it would imply certain rodent qualities. So if you use "Democrat party" your game will have a hamfisted slur in its core concept.


And yet a candidate or elected official with a party affiliation is called a "Republican" or a "Democrat". Are the Democrats choosing to insult themselves?
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Use this one instead:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_th...
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Stormtower wrote:


Thank you for the reminder that the two party system is... not actually 2 party...

Hope you have a card for the Independent... or InDependspants if we want to still offend
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ThatFedoraGuy wrote:
Stormtower wrote:


Thank you for the reminder that the two party system is... not actually 2 party...

Hope you have a card for the Independent... or InDependspants if we want to still offend


I'm working on mechanics for an Independent option but since there hasn't been an American president elected from a party other than Dem or Rep since the 1800s those two are featured atm
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I think this sort of thing generally falls under the fair use doctrine, as commentary or derivative art. Unless you are slandering the parties you're unlikely to generate much trouble -- it would cause much more damage for a political party to quibble with a tiny board game designer over incidental naming rights.

Also, it's the Democratic Party (adjective), but individually they are Democrats (noun). This is confusing because the noun and adjective happen to be the same for Republicans.

Edited to add: I'm not a lawyer, this isn't official legal advice, blah blah blah.
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As a general reminder, though it is obviously related please refrain from letting discussion drift into politics. We have a designated Religion Sex and Politics forum - posting on those topics outside of that forum is not permitted.

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Just use the terms "Big Brother" and "Big Mother".
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Republic -> Republic+an
Demo -> Demo+cracy, Demo+graphics, Demo+crat

In portuguese we have "Republicano" and "Democrata" and i am sure that those are just general words like Police or Police+men.

You could always consider changing the names to something silly like "Demo+crap" and "Republic+rap" (which would be very suitable to represent the portuguese political parties).
 
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Use Getuplican and Downocrat.
 
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