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    Can I use "Fifty Shades of ..." as the title of my book?

    We would like to name a book about lifehacking in reference to the film and book, "Fifty Shades of Grey".

    The book will, of course, be called slightly differently and it will not be a fiction novel, but a guide book.

    The title we intend is "Fifty shades of something" or "50 shades of something" if, for example, the name with
    numbers would be safer. It will be published as an ebook in Apple Store, Google Store, Kobo Store and Amazon Store

    Would such name be legally risky in the US and in other English-speaking countries such as:
    Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand etc.? Or would it be 100 percent safe?

    Regards.
    Jack L.

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    I would be very hesitant about doing so without a consultation with an intellectual property attorney.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    It would be HIGHLY risky. "Fifty Shades" is a registered trademark in the United States and, I am almost certain, in many other English speaking countries. Of course, you can roll the dice and you might even win, but it would cost you a fortune, since the trademark owner is almost certainly going to take steps to protect his franchise.

    My suggestion? Come up with an original name and don't try to leverage someone else's success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkstaub View Post
    It would be HIGHLY risky. "Fifty Shades" is a registered trademark in the United States and, I am almost certain, in many other English speaking countries. Of course, you can roll the dice and you might even win, but it would cost you a fortune, since the trademark owner is almost certainly going to take steps to protect his franchise.

    My suggestion? Come up with an original name and don't try to leverage someone else's success.
    Thank you for replay.

    1. Can you provide a link to a specific page if possible where we can check Trademarks (copyright names) or what is an alternative way to check Trademarks (copyright names) in USA or Canada?

    2. We still have two alternative names for our ebook:

    "Joy of ..." or "Magic of ...".

    Can such names also be reserved if we are talking about an ebook?

    3. We try to avoid trademarks names and "Fifty shades..." was only a question?

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