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Thread #160627   Message #3810417
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
19-Sep-16 - 08:36 AM
Thread Name: Song mentioning 'Facebook'.... Legal ?
Subject: Song mentioning 'Facebook'.... Legal ?
If you have been to a Jez Lowe concert recently you will no doubt have heard him sing his very funny song "Nobody Wants To Be My Facebook Friend".

He has refrained from recording this song because of perceived legal implications concerning the mentioning of Facebook. I am no legal expert, but I would have thought intuitively that there is no legal reason why Facebook cannot be mentioned in a song, unless maybe there is some obscure copyright infringement involved.

I would be amazed if any songwriter has ever faced legal action purely as a result of mentioning a proprietary name in a song. Maybe if one were to slander the company, action might be taken, but Jez' song most definitely does not do that.

I would be interested to hear the opinions of the legal/copyright experts on the forum.