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Trademark problem when publishing?

zweg25zweg25 Posts: 738Member
Hi everyone,
I am having a problem when publishing my game because my game is a game like logo quiz but with football players instead of logos. The app is getting rejected and part of the message is: "We found that your app contains features that may infringe on rights owned by the NFL." Attached is the whole reason the app is rejected. How do I stop getting rejected or in touch with the NFL so that I can get rights to do this?


  • marplumarplu Posts: 412Member, PRO
    edited November 2013
    You won't get the needed permission from the NFL. They want to get money out of every tiny bit (hence the rightful Trademark). Instead, they would hire a developer for themselves.
    I don't now your game, I don't now which images you used, I don't now the terminology inside the app. Try to erase every indication of the NFL, choose other images and resubmit.

    P.S.: You can try to get the permission, just email the legal-team of the NFL.
  • mounted88mounted88 Posts: 1,113Member
    Good luck with that. I emailed marvel a couple of weeks ago, they basically told me to piss off(but in a nice way)

    He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

  • SocksSocks London, UK.Posts: 12,822Member
    zweg25 said:

    How do I stop getting rejected . . .

    Provide documentary evidence that you have the rights to use the disputed material.
    zweg25 said:

    . . . or in touch with the NFL so that I can get rights to do this?
  • jigglybeanjigglybean Posts: 1,584Member
    Most players in all sports are now their own brands, therefore you will be required to obtain a licence for each and every player in your game.

    This would also involve probably speaking to the players agent(s) and paying a fee based on your project sales.

    I used to do this stuff all the time when working for EA as we needed the rights for FIFA games. It costs a fortune.

    However, if the app is free and you are not looking to raise any money for yourself, its still worth approaching them. Or, better still, use the app to raise money for a popular charity.

    Either way, you are still looking at months of negotiation until all parties are happy.

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  • zweg25zweg25 Posts: 738Member
    @sadida172 well I have lots of NFL stuff in my game (including over 100 players). @socks Thanks I guess I can look into that website and try to get something. @jigglybean I will try but maybe I should just give this game out as a template to people for other quiz like games. I don't know if I want to go through all the legal stuff and expenses for a free app.

    Thanks everyone
  • jigglybeanjigglybean Posts: 1,584Member
    Theres no harm in giving a call to the licencing department for NFL and find the right person to discuss this with. Then, you can decide on your options. Good luck with it

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  • zweg25zweg25 Posts: 738Member
    Thanks, I will try
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