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Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:03 am
by rpstro02
Hey all,
I am thinking of writing a sample based MiniMoog App for the iPhone. (I think there already is one or two, but just for fun). If I release it in the App Store, what are the legalities behind using the term MiniMoog? I've noticed other sample-based software like Reason never uses the word MiniMoog even when it's obvious that's what they're going for. I am sure I can't call the program MiniMoog. But can I say I sampled from the MiniMoog? Does anyone know?

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:59 pm
by Esus
The worst that could happen is that you'll get some kind of cease-and-desist order from Moog. Maybe nothing will happen. But the fact that you're inquiring about the legality says something about whether you should use the name at all.

My 2ยข

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:10 pm
by cornutt
Moog Music almost certainly has "Minimoog" registered as a tradement. They'd be fools if they didn't. What a lot of the soft-synth writers do is come up with a name that's similar enough that the knowledgable customer knows what it's about, but without violating the trademark. "Oddity" and "M-Tron", for example. You might considering calling your app something like "Mini-M".

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:17 pm
by Esus
If those software manufacturers do use the name, they doubtless pay some kind of royalty for commercial use.
Intellectual Property, you know... :wink:

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:35 pm
by Gamma Goblin
Just change the name to "MiniMoo" and make the GUI look like a cow with knobs on it. Problem solved!!! : )

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:18 pm
by Johnny Lenin
MiniMogue?

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:21 pm
by xpander
i personally don't see why you couldn't use the name minimoog in describing the source of the samples, it's seems like pretty fair game given the nature of it's use. i'd definitely include a disclaimer stating that Moog Music does not endorse the product. however, it gets murkier if you were to use the name in the App Store description, where its inclusion may be perceived as a means of promoting your product.

you can always contact Moog Music and tell them what you're up to and what you want to do. if they give you a green light, you'll be pretty well off.

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:34 am
by organsymphony
Gamma Goblin wrote:Just change the name to "MiniMoo" and make the GUI look like a cow with knobs on it. Problem solved!!! : )

YES YES YES YES YES

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:37 am
by modular
You can call it MiniBoob and then use as knobs little.... oh, nevermind.

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:49 am
by cornutt
xpander wrote:you can always contact Moog Music and tell them what you're up to and what you want to do. if they give you a green light, you'll be pretty well off.
Actually, that's not a bad idea... maybe go to Moog and see about making it an official Moog product. Then you could call it the iMoog. :D

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:24 am
by killanator
you could call it backwards...likke the goominim, or the inimgoom

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:47 am
by Johnny Lenin
Man, I'm lovin' my new Pelttilyttah Egats 2!

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:59 pm
by Synthaholic
How about Pig Latin. Call it the Inimoogmay. :)

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:43 am
by killanator
Or change a couple of letters. the Ninigoom

Re: Legalities of using the word MiniMoog

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:53 am
by wiss
minisynth is already used