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(@calvin)
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Can you use trade names in a song? For example, "I was driving down the road in my black Cadillac" or "Son eat your Wheaties and your mamma won't leave ya".


   
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Calvin,

A few examples;

Well I don't know who I am driving in a Pontiac just about to loose my mind

Tulsa Time - Eric Clapton

I would buy you a K car
A nice Reliant automobile

If I Had a Million Dollars - Bare Naked Ladies

We learned about love in the back of a Dodge the lesson hadn't gone too far

Taxi - Harry Chapin

Honey I wonder what you do there in the back of your pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac - Bruce Springsteen

So you decide to take a holiday You got your tape deck and your brand new Chevrolet

Captain Jack - Billy Joel

Son you're gonna drive me ta drinkin' if you don't stop drivin' that hot rod Lincoln

Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody

My guess would be that it's Ok. Espesially if it's a major American automolile manufacturer.

I'm sure there are plenty more examples out there.

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You know what they say "Any publicity is good publicity".

As long as you don't use the name in a negative context, I don't think you'll have a problem.

If you do use the the name in a negative context, the manufacturer will still turn it into good publicity by suing you. 8) 8)

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(@calvin)
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These are fine examples. Thanks for the input. I still wonder, however, if somewhere along the line these performers acquired some form of permission. I would not expect we would know about that. Thanks again.


   
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