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Old December 26 2012, 06:18 PM   #229
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Re: Starfleet Marine Corps

Nighthawk wrote: View Post
During the 1970-80's there was a Star Trek game called "Federation Games" or something like that that possible trade marked "Starfleet Marines" it could be possible some one owns the copy right name to Starfleet Marines.
It is not possible for anyone outside for Paramount/CBS to trademark or copyright anything related to Star Trek

If a fictional show depicts a Marine unit the real USMC or any other nation would not have a reason to sue on the grounds of copy rights.
My point is, you can't own the name "Marines." If someone in charge of one fictional franchise wants to get upset with another franchise over the name, the upset ones should be prepared to answer to the USMC for why they essentially took their name.

There have been a dozen of movies and shows that had characters depicted army or navy personal that were evil. It called creative freedom.
Actually, you'd be surprised how often the US military steps in regarding their depiction on TV shows or movies. Stargate SG-1 is set in the US Air Force. One of the original plans was to have corrupt officers causing trouble for the SGC. This plan was changed by request of the USAF, who wanted all its officers on the show presented as upstanding people. and so the renegade officers were then turned into the NID, a fictional civilian agency. Since the character Colonel Maybourne was already established before the USAF made its request, he stayed, although the character was evetually disnhounrably discharged (though likely as a result of the legitimate storytelling process than USAF pressure). Interestingly enough, nearly every Marine featured in the Stargate franchise have been at best jerks and at worse actual villains, and the show has even featured a villainous Army officer.
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