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Can i use pupular applications names in my game?

Discussion in 'Game Design' started by Abzax, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Abzax

    Abzax

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    Am wondering if i can use the exact name of a famous tool in Linux in my game. For example, there is a command in Linux called "ifconfig" Can i use the same name, or should i come up with a new name? Is there copyrights on such stuff ?
     
  2. MV10

    MV10

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    You'd be risking legal issues using a product name like Photo Shop or Excel, for example, but ifconfig is a free *NIX tool isn't owned or trademarked by anyone. (Various implementations are copyrighted, but that doesn't have any bearing on using the name.)
     
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