Can i use Soccer/football team names in my web, iphone and android apps?

| | August 6, 2015

If i don’t use logos, player names, sponsors or any images can i use team names in a for profit app? The reason i mention these is that i have seen countless references to images and badges but not the name in text format only.

Eg print the league table or show a fixtures list or show some user stats in relation to a team name in the app.

I read that a court has ruled in 2012 that fixture lists are not copyright-able as they involve pure scheduling logic and no artistic or innovative value. Also i know that logos, shield, images, player names and images etc are copyright-able.

Do team names fall under fair use if it is purely the team name in a fixture list or in a list or teams?

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