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  • I was just curious. Everyone knows about this new "Darth Who?" contest that has been set up to decide the Sith title of Jacen Solo. My question; if, by chance someone entered in a Sith title that they found on a website and that title was chosen. Would Lucasfilm legally be allowed to use that title? And if so, would the website that the name was on have to pay Lucasfilm?

Or would it be the other way around? Jasca Ducato 22:01, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

  • I really doubt that a random website with a random Sith name that just happened to win would be copyrighted or trademarked or anything. —Xwing328(Talk) 05:51, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
    • I didn't ask your doubts. I asked for legal issues. Jasca Ducato 09:11, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
      • Very prickly legal issue that probably could go either way depending on how good their lawyers were, which is why I'm sure part of the process of choosing the finalists is having their legal team look them over first to avoid exactly this problem. jSarek 05:57, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
      • I'll tell you why. My fanon character Darth Abeonis is fairly well known amongst the fanon Star Wars community. And i was curious that should someone enter that name, or the name of another of my charaters would Lucasfilm legally own that name? (Take in mind that i would have the article history to support any dating issues.) Jasca Ducato 20:29, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
        • I really can't say for sure. Your using of the term "Darth" and the concept of a Sith Lord is technically infringing on their copyright, so a court might rule that it already belongs to them; or they might rule that only the "Darth" and Sith parts do, and that Abeonis is original to you. Since Fair Use doesn't have a bright line criterion, it will probably come down to how well each of your lawyers argues those two positions . . . and I suspect they have lawyers who practice this kind of thing all the time. Still, the last thing Lucasfilm wants is a lawsuit, even one they're sure to win, so I think we can be sure that if "Abeonis" is in the running for the final selection, that the legal team will have people on Google typing in every variation of that name they can think of before they let it through. jSarek 22:01, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
          • OK, thanks for that. I can sleep peacefully at night now :-) Jasca Ducato 22:18, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
            • All I know is, mine doesn't show up on any preexisting webpage. :) -- Riffsyphon1024 22:13, 29 November 2006 (UTC)
              • Geez, I never searched mine before, but apparently it's pretty popular, and it already exists as several usernames throughout the web. —Xwing328(Talk) 17:26, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Jasca, only residents of the US are eligible to enter the contest. So it doesn't matter—you've already been disqualified (as have I, for that matter). --Imp 17:31, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
    • No, my point was. You can read about my fanon character on the web. So if someone else from within the United States enterewd that name, what would be the legal ramifications. That's what i asked. Jasca Ducato 20:47, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

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