Q: How is a work of fiction like The Walking Dead legally allowed to feature an organization like the CDC?
In that same thread, how is a videogame like Deus Ex allowed to feature and reference an organization like FEMA? What are the rules regarding the use of these US federal government agencies in a work of fiction?
A: The particular use of the organizations may be "nominative fair use" or protected by First Amendment interests in artistic expression. Read the following article for an in depth analysis: http://rodriqueslaw.com/blog/how-use-brands-and-products-film
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