Intellectual Property
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Can the term Western Pacific Railroad be used in artwork without infringing on copyright laws?

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2008-06-29 21:36:23

How the names of companies may be used is generally a matter of

trademark law rather than copyright law. If the artwork draws on

another creative work that uses the company name (here, Western

Pacific Railroad), there could be a copyright issue. If the artist

cannot afford to speak with an intellectual-property attorney (who

should be familiar with both copyright and trademark law), the

artist could check with the bar association for his or her state

and ask whether there is a chapter of Volunteer Lawyers for the

Arts in the state. There is a potentially helpful listing at

http://www.vlany.org/legalservices/vladirectory.php .


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