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1)Yes - character names are copyright in most countries and under international copyright law. Additionally, most major ones (Star Wars, Disney, Kratos etc) are also trademarked.

 

 

Err... In the US at least, names cannot Copyrighted. Trademarked yes, but not copyrighted.

 

http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ34.pdf

 

I mean, in the US if names could be copyrighted, and you have automatic copyright (no need to register... brilliant idea!), who gets the copyright on your name when you have multiple people with the same name? You? The guy 5 years older? Or the guy that died 50 years ago, but the copyright term is life + 70 years and it's applied retroactivaly?

 

-M

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