Praetors wrote:Just wanting to know, if they were named Necron instead of Necros, there would be some kind of legal problem? Cuz i can see some other words like "Marauder". That word has been used to name LOTS of ships and stuff in other games... just saying....
A few words of caution:
The fact that, for example, "Marauder" is not an overly-specialized term is still a situation that does not prevent them from suing someone.
Please understand that pretty much any legal adult can sue any other legal adult for any reason whatsoever. It stinks, but that's life. :P
If events progressed that far, Games Workshop might not actually win a lawsuit against you, but they can still make your life miserable by forcing you to hire a lawyer and defend yourself in court. That's an "adventure" which requires substantial time away from your university classes or your job, and can easily cost you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars even if you're vindicated. Not many people have that amount of unused money simply doing nothing, laying around in their bank account and not needed for the necessities of life, which is why most people can't defend themselves from outrageously stupid "nuisance" lawsuits and are therefore only too happy to comply in full if/when a company barks at them. :( Even if that company's claimed ownership/control of that term seems somewhat uncertain or unreasonable.
In all probability it would not proceed that far. First, the company would most likely tell their lawyer to issue you a Cease and Desist letter to get you to stop making use of "intellectual property" that they claim is theirs. Such a note is essentially just "polite" (ha ha!) coercion to make you stop doing the thing that's annoying them. Many (but not all!) entities sending out C&D letters are just copyright trolls, and can be safely ignored. But you need to be damned sure of that. The implied (or nakedly out-in-the-open) threat of stronger legal proceedings against you if you do not stop is not always to be taken lightly -- especially when you're talking about a company (Games Workshop) that has a history of going out of its way to search the web in order to find people who are making use of terms, descriptions, situations or graphics that they feel too closely match ones that they have created for their own GW games.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and this post is not legal advice. ;)