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Author Topic: Beginners' World: possible game rule-violating virtual airlines  (Read 505 times)

Offline EmilyHampstead

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Beginners' World: possible game rule-violating virtual airlines
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:39:50 AM »
  • Pan-American (name too similar to Pan Am)
  • Air Thai (name somewhat similar to Thai Airways)
  • United European Airlines and United America (names somewhat similar to United)
  • Pizz Air (name too similar to Wizz Air, with only one letter changed)
  • Evia Airlines (name somewhat similar to EVA Air)
  • Spirit (name stolen from Spirit Airlines and then 'Airlines' removed from name)

Note to Sami: If you notice it, check whether these airlines really violate the game rules and, if you see that, give them either a warning or a penalty of these airlines being shut down (if warning was already given).

-Emily (age 14 11/12)

Offline tyteen4a03

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Re: Beginners' World: possible game rule-violating virtual airlines
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2019, 06:58:03 PM »
Hi Emily! If you head to the airline's page you can use the button highlighted in red to report an airline's name.


Offline johndd1

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Re: Beginners' World: possible game rule-violating virtual airlines
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2019, 09:41:02 PM »
I love the little note where you tell Sami how to handle it  ;D

Offline wilian.souza2

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Re: Beginners' World: possible game rule-violating virtual airlines
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 12:25:40 AM »
From the manual:

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As stated in the airline founding / creation page the airlines may not use names that are real world airline names or other trademarked company names, or names that very closely resemble those. The name and logo must be also within good taste and shall not be offensive in any way.

Real airline logos and liveries are also disallowed as they are usually trademarked by their owners.

Historical airline names may be allowed if it is certain that the name is no longer owned by any other company; it is the responsibility of the user to check this. But generally past airline names (such as Pan Am) are not recommended. Please create your own custom airline instead.

Well, this falls on that saying from law discipline that says you can do anything that is not illegal. There are many cases that players name their airlines with names that resemble real-life airlines in many degrees, and as the manual doesn't tell how close an airline name would resemble some RL airlines's name, the line that distinguishes copyright infringement is somewhat blurry.

For example, I cannot name an AWS airline as LATAM since its a trademark, but I can name as something similar as LANTAM or LATAIN.

For the case of classic airlines, note that the manual doesn't state that it's prohibited; it is allowed since you're sure that no one else possesses that name. In this case, I could name an AWS airline as VASP, Panair or Nordeste (former Brazilian airlines), as well as there's been a lot of AVIACOs and Interflugs around in game worlds. But another point to note is that it's up to YOU to use it and AWS will not be held responsible if someone that owns the name you're using complains.

In practical life, you'll be fine if you don't name anything as Ferrari. Ferrari is THAT company which witch hunts everyone who tries to build a miserable replica or uses its name for anything.

 

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