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  Ambrose99

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OP  3/27/14 6:42:40 PM#1
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3/27/14 6:49:54 PM#2

Britannia is an ancient term for Roman Britain and also a female personification of the island.  EA can't touch that name with a copyright.

Lord British is actually a pre-existing nickname that was given to the original creator as his DM name when they played D&D before the game... so that one should work too.  So as long as they avoid specific character names that don't have real world counter parts, then EA can suck it.

  Astrobia

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3/29/14 5:30:03 AM#3

It's actually more complicated than that. EA has the trademark on the name Britannia being used in the context of the fantasy land in a videogame. You are protected if you are making a videogame about actual real world Britain but asides from that they can shut you down. Thus New Britannia. The separation of the new world and the old world lets him continue the legacy while dodging any other such legal bullets. 

The Lord British name is actually a whole 'nother kettle of fish in that Richard simply still owns that trademark. It's the only one EA didn't acquire when they bought out Origin.