Does ILM / Disney protect their IP ruthlessly?

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If I decide to do a blog that is Sci-Fi / gamers discussion and such,
will Disney / ILM / Lucasfilm send Imperial droids after me for the following on my blog...
- using Star Wars font with the long footed 'S' - There are StarWars Font sheets on Google
- discussing their characters, - eg. the need for Rose, or Leia flying through space as if on Ex
- using images of X - wings or Chewey or yes,  ! Jar Jar ! The battle of Hoth?
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I will need Adsense spaces

Is ILM still an entity?
Are their lawyers vindictive? I presume so.

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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems
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If you're using their IP to discuss them, that's generally considered fair use.  

If you're using their IP to make money, or to alter their canon, they'll probably come after you.

I'm not a lawyer, so don't take this as authoritative.
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Fan Fiction seems to have ads on their page here

Are they partnered with ILM? It is not on an ILM URL
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems
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I have no idea if these (or any) advertisers have an agreement with the copyright holders you're concerned with.  I suppose you could reach out to them and ask.  

An advertisement using someone else's IP would seem to be a commercial use of that IP and would almost certainly need to involve an agreement of some sort.

Again, I'm not a lawyer, so am not authoritative.
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ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) still exists owned by tadaa Disney. And Disney is highly protective of their rights. As long as you stay within the 'fair use doctrine' you are ok.
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There are many fan fiction and discussion sites.
Do you think they experienced difficulties?


Here is a Star Wars fan fiction site.
They have ads in the columns and content!

here

Do you suspect they experienced hassles?
The fact that they still exist bodes well for fan fiction.
Mine will be fan-fiction / opinion oriented.

This page states that a Font can not be copyrighted by US law here

I'm feeling confident that as long as I and my users stay within the spirit of Star Wars with no disrespect, we'll be okay.
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What you are thinking of is a typeface not a font -- a typeface is not copyrightable, a font which refers to the software that displays the typeface is.  Reread the page you referenced and get your terminology straight.

Fan Fiction sites normally don't have any problems by the original copyright owner. There have been some fan fiction movies i.e. star trek and breaking bad that are fine.
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To be absolutely safe, I'll get my image people (ImageMonster) here to do a STAR WARS ( mine isn't star wars, but close ) word in a similar yellow on black font, that isn't identical, but in the same spirit. I don't think anyone will really care if it isn't identical. They can't copyright words disappearing into the background, can they? on the intro? or the introductory paragraph rising up?
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems
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"They can't copyright words disappearing into the background, can they?"
Maybe the technique, but not the idea.
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