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July 3rd, 2006, 08:18 AM
Hey, would anyone happen to know if I'd be liable for using the name of a computer's original owner? Say this person worked for such and such a company, and who's name is significant enough that it shows up in google searches. Is it any sort of infringement to use this person's name, even though it shows up on a few bill of sales, and even on the outside of the shipping carton? I'm not sure I should even bother, but the person was significant. Maybe no one would know or care...

July 3rd, 2006, 08:22 AM
I'd suggest not doing it. There's not enough upside to cover the downside risks.

Terry Yager
July 3rd, 2006, 09:06 AM
If the name comes up in a search, perhaps you could find contact info, and ask them yourself (or thier estate). I don't think it's a problem tho, depending on how famous the person is. I mean, if I had a pair of earings that were verifiably worn by Marilyn Monroe, I'm sure the association with the celebrity would add significantly to the value of the item.


July 3rd, 2006, 07:57 PM
If you have proof it was owned by somebody and you came into that item in a legal manner (and have a recept for it) then no problems.

Not sure about the contents of the HD (if it is a computer) like lets say the lady who owned it forgot to erase the last harry potter book she was writing before upgrading to a new DELL and you leaked it I would think you would be in trouble.

July 5th, 2006, 07:53 AM
that's how I feel. It actually belonged to 2 eh significant people (depending on who you talk to I guess). There names are on bills of sales and whatnot. Not that it's that big a deal, but it's a significant vintage haul, and if I auction it, which I aim to do (need the money) perhaps it will enhance the value.

Terry Yager
July 5th, 2006, 10:11 AM
Mebbe you could get away with saying sum'n like 'once owned by someone famous', an have prospective bidders email you for details. At least then it wouldn't be publicly posted.


July 5th, 2006, 10:37 AM
It gotta be a real celebrity if it should raise money. Perhaps if it was signed by the former owner.

July 5th, 2006, 10:59 AM
Just put it on the auction, I can't see it as a problem. I've seen cars for sale once owned by celebrities, so why not a vintage computer?