According to the Arabic proverb, there are no such things as a Phoenix, a Ghoul, or a True Bosom Friend, but I say to you that I found them all among my neighbors. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Nectanebo wrote: The jedi order could make a jedi movie though, right? Like a Christian church making a film about jesus or the biblical world legends?
Let me give you an example. Y'know Wiffle Ball bats? On them is printed a little note saying "The color YELLOW is a registered trademark of Wiffle Ball, Inc."
Yes. They trademarked a whole color. How?
- Robert Quigley at the Mary Sue
In short: Intellectual property law in the US and in many Western countries allows for the trademarking of colors in specific commercial settings. In its 1995 decision on the case of Qualitex Co. v. Jacobson Products Co., Inc, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if colors have a secondary meaning in the marketplace, if in themselves the colors have taken on the function of helping to “identify and distinguish [the seller’s] goods . . . from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate [their] source,” in the language of the Lanham Act, then they can be registered as trademarks.
So, in that case, maybe? Maybe not? Until they were acquired by Disney, they were ALL ABOUT fan films, and that might technically be considered one, but The Mouse in the Golden House is more protective of copyrights and trademarks.