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Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
« on: July 18, 2020, 01:20:04 pm »
I have a cat named Salvador Dali. I want to include him in my next novel.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #1 on: July 18, 2020, 03:04:47 pm »
    That should be fine.  If you were using Salvador Dali the person as a character it might be a fine line, but for a cat, it's all good.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #2 on: July 18, 2020, 10:28:27 pm »
    I personally can't see an issue with the cat name. Kinda cool idea, actually.

    If it's the main character, it may or may not be problematic, though.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #3 on: July 18, 2020, 10:58:57 pm »
    I have a cat named Salvador Dali. I want to include him in my next novel.
    Check out a movie called "Midnight in Paris" to see just how much liberty can be taken with famous names. A character playing Dali is in the movie.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #4 on: July 19, 2020, 07:39:09 am »
    CAN'T SEE A CAT OR BOOKS ANYWHERE ON THE TRADEMARK.


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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #5 on: July 19, 2020, 08:18:36 am »
    Yes, but you cannot use it on an Internet forum. You're in big trouble now.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #6 on: July 19, 2020, 01:02:20 pm »
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    Do you need to advertise for S Dali?

    Make up some other similar name that is your own.
    Maybe a producer asks to make a movie of your book it would be best to have a unique cat.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #7 on: July 19, 2020, 06:49:50 pm »
    I assume your cat is named for the famous, deceased painter and has nothing to do with a fragrance also named after the painter? The products and concepts are very different, so I doubt that trademark would have relevance. However, safety, safety, safety. Find another cool name for the cat, or even spell it differently.

    According to Wikipedia, (the amateurs go to) Dali's real name was "Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech". Surely something to adapt from that?
    « Last Edit: July 19, 2020, 06:51:30 pm by Cecelia »

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #8 on: July 19, 2020, 08:38:36 pm »
    You can call the fictional cat Salvador Dali.

    You can call it Warhol. You can call it Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo or Donatello. Hell, you can even call it Donald Trump. My real-life cat's name is Bela Lugosi. We call him Bels.

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #9 on: July 20, 2020, 06:28:28 am »
    I confess I don't understand the question here.  The names of real people have been used in books for the last 100 years.  The fact that in this case Salvador Dali would be the name of a cat makes it even less risky or controversial.  (Unless the little furball ends up being a serial killer.)

    Just last night I was watching The Alienist on TNT.  The show, based on a book, has had Teddy Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and William Randolph Hearst as characters.  So, naming a pet after a real-life person shouldn't even move the needle of concern.  Unless I'm missing something...?

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #10 on: July 20, 2020, 01:41:39 pm »
    You can call the fictional cat Salvador Dali.

    You can call it Warhol. You can call it Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo or Donatello. Hell, you can even call it Donald Trump. My real-life cat's name is Bela Lugosi. We call him Bels.

    My cat's name is Mandarine. I call her "Mandy" most times. My earlier point was - the cat's name is easily personalised. "Sal" or "Dals" or any other combination, which refers to the original, but makes it unique to the story.
    « Last Edit: July 20, 2020, 01:44:04 pm by Cecelia »

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    Re: Can I use the name Salvador Dali in a novel?
    « Reply #11 on: July 21, 2020, 05:15:28 pm »
    The Thompson Twins used the name in one of their songs.

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