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Is it legal to use a real company in fiction?

Is it legal to use a real company in fiction? Topic: Best writing services company
June 25, 2019 / By Lesia
Question: I was wondering, can real company names be used in fiction writing? Like could you say "He opened a bottle of coke." Or "He opened the black BMWs door." that kind of thing. My specific instance comes in a political/action thriller I'm writing, in which a mercenary corporation is featured, so I'm trying to decide if I should use a real company or just make one up. Thanks in advance. Thanks guys, that's kind of how I figured it'd be. So I'll keep my references to fine audi cars, Sig sauer pistols and coca cola but I think the real life Xe services will perhaps become something like Zn services, to avoid an air strike being called upon my house by angry mercenaries :P
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Jorja Jorja | 8 days ago
Yes it's ok to use trademarks like ipods, Coke, Ferrari etc. However, if you have an evil corporation it is best to change its name, else the real company's lawyers may get on to you for misrepresentation.
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Jorja Originally Answered: Is it legal to use a real company in fiction?
Yes it's ok to use trademarks like ipods, Coke, Ferrari etc. However, if you have an evil corporation it is best to change its name, else the real company's lawyers may get on to you for misrepresentation.

Georgiana Georgiana
Yes. It can. I know people don't like Twilight, sorry if I offend you. In Twilight, she tells the flight attendant to bring her a coke. Alice steals a Porsche, Edward has a Volvo, Bella has a Chevy, Carlisle has a Mercedes, Rosalie has a M3 BMW. It's legal to use company names. Forks is a real town in Washington, Port Angeles is a real town as well. People feel like the story is more real if they see something they recognize.
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Delora Delora
Yes for the Coke and the BMW, but I would be careful about using the company name. You probably should make up the evil corp entirely, so that you don't get sued.
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Cadence Cadence
Yes, you are allowed to use those in your story. You won't get in trouble. I mentioned Steve Madden boots in my story and in the books I am reading right now, they mention a bunch of companies like Coke and they say real life actors and actresses and stuff. No need to worry. Hope this helps :)
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Allycia Allycia
It is OK, as long as you do not put the company in a bad light, but is it vital to the story that they do that?
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Allycia Originally Answered: An example of NON-FICTION literature?
800-899 Literature (plays, poems, essays, literature in foreign languages) So presumably you want any non-fiction book about plays, poems, essays, literature in foreign languages...how about an English textbook?

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