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    Google the name you come up with, try to find an act already associated with that name.

    If you don't find anything, register it by yourself as a trademark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petereanima View Post
    Google the name you come up with, try to find an act already associated with that name.

    If you don't find anything, register it by yourself as a trademark.
    Buuut... A computer game company already made up the name for a location in a game.

    It's not registered anywhere as far as I have seen

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    My late uncle used to give me some names all the time, he was a character. I'm going to gift two names to the forum that I've yet to find use for in 16 years-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocka_Rollas View Post
    Buuut... A computer game company already made up the name for a location in a game.

    It's not registered anywhere as far as I have seen
    European law may be different, but under U.S. law you might be on solid ground to use the name for a band under these circumstances. Using the word for a place name in a game is a minor use and vastly different than a band name.

    Trademarks are funny things, because even registered names can often be used by different people/companies as long as there's no chance for confusion between the two or any possibility that one party's use of the trademark would "dilute" the other party's use of it. Unlike copyright law, trademark infringement is not as clear-cut, since it depends on the circumstances of each case.

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    It really comes down to how it's being used, then in cases of disagreement, who can prove they've established it more.

    A trademark is more the logo than the word. The "Mark in trade". I've had people try to argue they've used my graphic novel titles, and lose, because my stuff is far more established. If whatever you're looking up isn't established as a band name, take it and do what you do - which is build good bands with fans and all that, then don't look back.

    And, my vote:

    Sammy Solar and the Meat Frets.
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