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mikedrys
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I just wondered, could I put the name (and logo) of Wikipedia, without anyone's permission, in my game? And, on the same note, could I put Google Books in my game?

My thoughts would be that Google Books would be out, as it is owned by someone, but I'm thinking the same with Wikipedia. I mean, someone owns it and keeps it up, even if it is generated by users.
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Mike

InvisibleJon
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Nope.

Both would open you to a cease-and -desist.

(This is not legal advice, just my general knowledge.)

truekid games
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however, you could put in a

however, you could put in a parody name and picture- something evocative of the originals but with a humorous slant.

mikedrys
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Yeah, as I've been thinking

Yeah, as I've been thinking about it, I'm thinking the parody angle will be what I've got to do.
Thanks for the advice and insights

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Oxymoron

"Quick" and "Legal" ;)

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Note that you can do parady

Note that you can do parady using the actual names "Wikipedia" and "Google Books". It depends entirely on how you intend to use the names. You can write about Wikipedia, and you can mention it games. You can't use the names in any way that suggests they endorse you or that exploits their brand.

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