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Let's say I want to make a videogame with several famous characters in it, you can't copyright a name and a face, right (I'm talking about names and surnames, not branded ones)? How does it work? Are there any royalties to pay? To whom? If there are royalties, can I get away by making my names similar to original ones?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Depending on where you are there are different laws which govern personality rights on the one side and freedom of speech regarding celebrities on the other. This is more of a question for law.stackexchange.com \$\endgroup\$ – Philipp May 1 '16 at 20:29

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