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  • #7193
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    thedarksideoflego
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    Hi, myself and the Spikecofilms have been secretly planig a series about mcdonalds Called “Behind the Golden Arches” Now this story will be a humourous documentary that will make fun of mcdonalds. Upon telling my parents about it they told me there is possibility of lawsuits against myself and my team, now first off i would take all the lawsuits to myself if so it happened to protect the others, but do you think it is possible, The film will make no money, but will distictivly make fun of them, and possibily humiliate them with some true/untrue fact. Any information you can give will be greatly accepted.

    EDIT: ‘m really anxious to do this film, this idea was originally made up by Benbrickstudios for the team, but we dont want to go through if we’ll be taking heavy fire, though i really wouldnt mind a lawsuit from mcdonalds, it would get some great publicity for brickfilms, and i would probably win if i’m thinking right… 😈

    Thanks,
    Chris and the Spikecofilms team.

    #7194
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    Shootin Bricks
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    Don’t use the McDonalds name or any of it’s trademarks. Parody them instead. As long as people know who you mean without you actually having to say it, you’re good.

    There is a chance that if you are particularly vicous or start a nasty rumor that somehow effects their sales, they could come after you for that.

    #7195
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    How old are you? If you are under 16, then no-one can sue you!

    You are un-sueable if under 16.
    If over, use Mc. Ronalds or Mc. Ponalds or something…you could even use Mc. Pratts!

    #7197

    But they can still sue your family, your parents….and I don’t think your parents would like that too much. And how would McDonalds get a hold of this? I don’t think they would take offence to a lego film some kids made. I say do it, change nothing. Plus, all the people I know who work at McDonalds all agree it sucks.

    #7199
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    Need some inside info?????
    I work there……..
    lets just say what you see as the golden arches are more of the mordors gates on my side of em…………..

    #7200
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    thedarksideoflego
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    they got ahold of Ben B’s film “Girl” things go around dude, they do really. And yes weirdears they can sue your parents or they could just wait till Feb. next year. I’m not sure exactly what, Doug’s idea sounds good but i may go another way, because it would seem a bit strange for us to call it something diffrent the whole time and with some of the shots and ideas we have it would mess it up. Any more comments?

    And yes Xero, i know what your talkin bout, i know plenty of people, the microwaves, all that stuff, but I can see what your talking about.

    #7201
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    “WeirdEars” wrote: Mc. Prats!

    Add one T to the end of Prat and i’ll sue you for Dishonoring my family name………..(or ill send my team of crack samuri monkeys to kill you with bannana nunchuku……..)

    oh fyi……
    there is a such thing as freedom of speech and media………
    they cant touch you……….
    it’s unconstitutional……….

    #7202
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    hehe, i didnt read all of weirdears post, just laughed at him, hehe, but your gonna have to ask rev or yolego to borrow the monkeys… but lets not go off topic guys, back on topic, yes thats what im saying, i wont make any money, and i mean, it is freedom of speech, but one thing i wonder is about internationalness, since i mean it is , since anyone around the world could see it…

    #7210
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    Well… there is “free speech”, but there’s not “free lies”. If you make serious accusations to a brand, and these are not based on facts, this brand can claim any damage on you.

    Now, I can’t see how you’re going to harm McDrek in any way, but you’d better avoid mentioning the name. “Behind the golden arches” would, in my opinion, be fair enough.

    Don’t take this as legal advice: I’m not an attorney or anything, and I don’t even live in America.

    Story:

    In the seventies, a Dutch TV show showed an exploding bottle of lemonade. The brand name “Exota” was mentioned twice, and the company went bankrupt.

    Years later, it was revealed that the TV show shot a bullet through it. 25 years of lawsuit followed, and the broadcasters now have to pay 1.8 million dollar to the former owners of the Exota company.

    Stefan.

    #7215
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    Follow Doug’s advice. Use a similar, made up name. Will they sue you if you use “McDonalds”? Probably not, but there’s still the chance. It’s much better to play it safe, and imo, it’s usually much funnier if you imply “McDonalds does such and such” then actually saying “McDonalds does such and such.”

    Cometgreen

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