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Hey Jannie,

So I'm writing a novel and have come up with a question in regard to what I can and cannot say in the text.  Can I write about a character eating a Hershey bar, or is that considered infringement because I'm using the actual name?  Would I have to just say 'chocolate bar' instead?  Thanks for your time.

-Maree

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No, it isn't infringement.

You can use Hershey bar, Coca-Cola, McDonald's hamburger, etc., as it is a thing even though trademarked. As long as the character is eating, using, participating there, and nothing derogatory or extended any further, you are alright. Always capitalize them and if possible, use as little as possible.

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Jannie Balliett

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.

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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Organizations
Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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