Sorry if there was a better place for this post, but it felt fairly general to me... First, I am curious what my restrictions are with using words that may or may not be registered trademarks to things that already exist as a name for my characters or factions. Also, is it true that names cannot be copy written, and so I shouldn’t be worrying about being %100 original in that regard? Here’s my conundrum… As far as I am aware, names cannot be copy written, which gives me some comfort except that I prefer the process of coming up with my own (supposedly) totally original words and using them as names for characters and factions and races. I actually entertained for a while that I had come up with completely original titles, until I googled them to find they were already well-established. It seems that every single combination of vowels and consonants in the English language up to eight letters has long since been discovered. Since there is no use whatsoever in maintaining secrecy about what the words I wanted to use are, they are Asyra, and Voore, which were going to be names for good guy/bad guy factions in my story. You can check out at least one of what are already called those things… www.voore.ro www.asyra.co.uk Ironically, the trademark word for my good guys is an electronic health screening machine, and the trademark word for my bad guys is an e-cigarette…go figure.