Yonkers, NY asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York

Q: Will there be legal issues if I mention TikTok's name while promoting my app?

Me and my team are working on a video sharing app called Clipzy and we have been promoting it as a TikTok alternative, and we wanted to make sure there weren't any legal issues that can arise.

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: Using your competitors' names and trademarks to identify them for comparison purposes is "nominative fair use", as you are merely referring to their names, and it is not infringing of the marks.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Using TikTok's name to promote your app as an alternative might raise legal concerns depending on how you use it. While mentioning TikTok for comparison purposes could be considered fair use, implying an association or endorsement from TikTok without permission could lead to trademark infringement issues. To avoid legal complications, it's advisable to be clear in your messaging that Clipzy is an alternative to TikTok without implying any endorsement or affiliation.

It's important to review TikTok's terms of service and any trademark guidelines they have in place to understand their policies regarding the use of their name and brand in promotional materials. This can help you ensure that your promotion of Clipzy remains compliant with legal standards and respects TikTok's intellectual property rights. Additionally, consulting with a legal expert knowledgeable in intellectual property law could provide valuable guidance specific to your situation and help mitigate any potential risks.

Focusing on the unique features and benefits of Clipzy as a standalone app, rather than relying heavily on comparisons to TikTok, can also help distinguish your brand and avoid potential legal issues. Emphasizing Clipzy's strengths and the value it offers to users can be an effective marketing strategy while minimizing the risk of trademark infringement or other legal challenges.

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