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« on: February 04, 2011 10:31:55 AM »

My blog/Craftster name/Etsy name/everything I do on the internet uses the name "starwarspunk". Although I haven't tried to sell anything yet, would I get in trouble if I sold anything on Etsy/any other site or started some sort of business using the name starwarspunk?  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2011 03:30:32 AM »

Hi,

Im no expert but the term starwars is a trandmark and i believe that george lucas and co are very legitous. While you may get away with using that name for a while, why risk it? If you do end up being successful you would definitely have to change your name once your shop becomes more well-known and the trademark infringement comes to their attention, then you would be stuck having to re-brand your shop.

Or course you could risk it like a lot of people do and hope that they dont notice Cheesy
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ahtchristina
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011 01:31:30 PM »

My thoughts also are that you could get into issues using that name.  Right now it describes you, but unless your crafts are all star wars themed (again something that could get you into trouble), I would change the name to something that describes your craft, rather than you personally.

I know you've gotten used to this name - I tend to use the same profile name wherever I go and when I can't I get all crabby that I have to think of, and remember, something new.  But I think in this case it's for the better.

Sorry....
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011 04:18:15 PM »

What a name like that does is play off the billion-dollar marketing and image campaigns that someone else pays for. You can't use it. If you ever went beyond mere crafting and was featured in a famous-type publication or even tried to do business with a savvy retailer, you would definitely be asked about your licensing agreement with the Lucas folks because no one wants to get sued for violating a trademark. Your interview and your retail deal has just been canceled.
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