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Q: I am creating a board game based on a real life sport, for e.g Soccer. I am not planning on using any player images

Can I use the names of real players in the game? For e.g Harry Kane

If I cannot use real player names, can I use fictional names that are close to the real name. For e.g. Harry Kane becomes H Kene?

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: The closer you get to the real name, the higher your risk.

From a cease and desist. To a formal lawsuit and damages.

Consult with an attorney.

Steve Charles Vondran
Steve Charles Vondran
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA

A: This is one you are probably want to seek legal help on. Many states, such as California, have a "right of publicity law" which protects a persons NAME, image and likeness. If it were me, I would not want my game to get big, only to find out one or more players want a "slice of the pie" so to speak. This is not legal advice. Good luck. Attorney Steve®

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