Talk:Legal Issues? There's an app for that

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A small error on last paragraph of the Legal issues section. Nintendo is not releasing the app. The Pokemon Company is releasing the as explained here - Vhayes1992 06:37, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Facts & names

You seem to have neglected one key piece of information in this article: namely, you cannot copyright facts or names. The word "Thundershock" for example is not copyrighted and therefore nothing stops you using it in an app or website. If it were illegal to use names like this then billions of web pages would need to be taken offline right now! DisgruntledGoat 15:48, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

You can't copyright it, however you can most certainly trademark the name of a character. Every single Pokémon species name is a registered trademark of TPCi. Archaic 08:03, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
But just using a trademark isn't against the law, unless you are trying to pass off as TPCi. This is where the app store apps do fall down, since as your article states app developers must agree otherwise. The other case is using a name for something you created - for example creating a new character and calling it "Pikachu." For a website none of this applies. DisgruntledGoat 11:25, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Fair use.

Isn't using all of the Pokémon sprites and such in an app, as long as it's public domain, considered fair use? I think so. --Nathan2055talk 18:59, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

No, it's not. Fair use is one of the most misunderstood things out there. It's a lot less far reaching than many people seem to think. Archaic 08:03, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
It's pretty much up to the copyright holder as to what qualifies as fair use. DisgruntledGoat 11:30, 16 July 2011 (UTC)