I’m juggling a few different ideas right now, but one thing that they all have in common, is that they would all include real people, real tv shows, well known quantities in our modern world.
This is just an example, but say I was writing a cyoa game about being a heavy metal band or something like that. Would I be allowed to include real bands, the names of the members, as characters in my game?
Example: Protagonist makes a popular album, and Slipknot invites him to a party. He spends time with the members of slipknot etc… Maybe they drink Jack Daniels or go to Starbucks?? Oops, Tom Cruise is at the party with a reporter from Rolling Stone.
I hope you get the idea.So, where is the line drawn? Can you only mention people (or maybe you can’t even do that?). If I had hoped of monetization, would i have to ask permission to use their names etc?
Or should you always just say “The members of KanonHell (made up band) met up with Tim Carver, a very famous action movie star, standing just 5.5 feet tall, known for his explosive Agent Incredible series and the high-flying pilot movie Top Dog.”
Are there any general rules about this?