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syndane
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trademarks in song lyrics
« on: Jan 2nd, 2008, 6:04am »
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i belong to a band that does musical parodies.  in one song in particular we list many ag-chemicals both by their active chemical and sometimes by their trademark.
 
if we publish this song on a CD that we intend to sell for profit and the lyrics contain trademarked names are we at risk for trademark violations?
 
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Re: trademarks in song lyrics
« Reply #1 on: Jan 2nd, 2008, 9:37am »
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Your use likely does not violate any trademark rights.  First, your use may be protected under the First Amendment.  Second, your use is likely "nominative" and therefore not a trademark use.
 
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allen moody
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Re: trademarks in song lyrics
« Reply #2 on: Jan 2nd, 2008, 6:36pm »
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thanks for your advice.  we appreciate it very much.
 
allen
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