Jump to content

Your Ad Could Be Here

Song title including the name of a cult - legalities ?

Recommended Posts

  • Noob

I've written a rather droll song about a cult I used to be in.  


The cult (new religious movement - if that's your preference), ceased to use the name a long time ago but the early name I want to use is what several web references have used and also how insiders still refer to it. 


I checked and they do not hold a trademark on the name but a singer and an artist use the name but with variant trademarks using another word/name as a qualifier, no doubt because a small european food importer currently holds the exact name trademark.


I can't see my song as falling under "passing off" in competition with a food company but wanted to be on the safe side. I notice that Louis Thereoux managed to  title his recent Scientology movie as "My Scientology Movie"

(totally unrelated to the group I was in) so I thought I'd do something similar:

"My < group name > Adventure" 

"Our < group name > Adventure"

"An  < group name > Adventure"


What do you reckon - anything else to look out for?



Edited by niles
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Noob

Well, as if I didn't know already, legal guys are a cagey bunch, I've asked a couple

and it's sort of left hanging. 


As long as this group don't hold the trademark for the name (they don't) there's nothing they can do in that regard, but the most likely scenario involves takedown approaches from their lawyers or solicitors (sabre rattling) aimed at whatever sites are hosting the file, that's most likely as far as it would go. Many sites would just comply whether the approach was merited or not, they don't need the hassle. Fair enough! 


As for action from the holders of the near or exact trademark, I couldn't get a straight answer


So.......I interpret that as a distinct possibility.  lol


Word of mouth with an oblique title might be a better option for me.


Nice speaking to you Tom

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

Your Ad Could Be Here

  • Current Donation Goals

    • Raised $1,040
  • Create New...

Important Information

By continuing to use our site you indicate acceptance of our Terms Of Service: Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy, our Community Guidelines: Guidelines and our use of Cookies We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.