When you adopt/breed/rescue a dog cat and give it an anime character name, does it conflict with copyright?
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When you adopt/breed/rescue a dog cat and give it an anime character name, does it conflict with copyright? I know people may do that but is it copyright infringing?
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Most characters have normal people names, so in that case there's zero possible liability unless you used the full name(Asuka = OK, Asuka Langley Soryuu Shikinami = poor dog).
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I'm sure technically it is. But if it's a character name than there isn't much they can do about it. A name isn't owned by one specific person. Like the cartoon Doug that used to be on Nickelodeon. I can name my pet specifically after him, but they don't own the name, just the show.

My Missouri cat is named Ren Tsuraga too by the way ^_^ from Skip Beat.
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I call my car the Starship Enterprise. Am I breaking the law D:
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Copyright infringement usually only matters if you are making money off of the infringed upon rights. Say... you dyed your dogs hair to be blue and put it in twin tails and called her Hatsune Miku, You then enter her into the Westminster Kennel Dog Show and she places. Now you get advertising companies wanting to use the image of your dog. But you infringed on the rights of Hatsune Miku's creator by copying the image of his/her character. Then you are making profit from someone else's creation. But just naming your pet after an anime character? No, this wouldn't constitute as "Copyright Infringement".
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kadmos1 wrote:

When you adopt/breed/rescue a dog cat and give it an anime character name, does it conflict with copyright? I know people may do that but is it copyright infringing?

You cannot copyright a name. A person or company can file to use a name as a trademark, but if that has been done, any official copy from the company holding the trademark will indicate this (as should copy from anyone else, although you can't depend on that).

Just any name cannot be trademarked either. For what should be obvious reasons, one could not trademark "John Smith" for example, but you probably could trademark the name of an alien character that had a name that should match no one else on Earth.

Most anime names are fairly generic, just as many names are on U.S. television. For example, if you wanted to use the name "Sakura", you would obviously be safe, as that is also one of the most common names on TV, as well as the word for an ornamental cherry blossom tree and its blossoms.

If you wanted to use the name "Sakura Kinomoto", you would probably still be safe, as given the population of Japan, there are probably a large number of families with the name "Kinomoto", and you can bet one or more of them had a girl named "Sakura" well before CCS was ever created.


tl;dr version: Don't worry about it if you are using only a single name, and don't worry too much about it even if you are using both names, unless you are doing something very public with it.



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