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Q: I'm writing a book which is called "The Tinder Killer", is it legal to use the word "Tinder" in the title and the logo?

Also is it legal to use it in the marketing of the book? Since I would be making money of the book, I'm assuming there could be some issues with using their name and logo if they haven't agreed to me using it. The book is fictional, and is about a murderer who uses Tinder to find his victims.

Lloyd Jan Jassin
Lloyd Jan Jassin
answered on May 24, 2024

Fortunately, the First Amendment states that there shall be “no law” restricting freedom of speech or the press. The fair use doctrine allows the use of a trademark when it is used in a way not to deceive the public. For example, it is a fair use to use a trademark in the title of a literary... View More

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