Netflix Trademarked the Term "Space Force" Before the U.S. Military
If Trump's Space Force ever gets off the ground, this could get confusing
Published Jun 08, 2020The Office alumni Greg Daniels and Steve Carell's new Netflix comedy series Space Force received some mixed reviews at best (although our writer liked it), but the show's legacy might be something decidedly more political. After all, they might just have swiped the copyright for the term "Space Force" out from under the United States military.
Back in 2018, Donald Trump declared that he was going to launch a new branch of the U.S. armed services called the Space Force. "Space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air and sea," he told a group of Marines in yet another one of his quotes that we can't believe is real.
The force was somehow approved, but Trump's administration didn't think to protect the name. Then, last month, Netflix premiered Space Force — the new show from Daniels and Carell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has trademarked the name in Europe, Australia, Mexico and all around the world. For now, that's fine. But if Trump's Space Force actually takes off and wants to start selling merch around the world, it could get into some conflicting copyright territories.
"At this time, we are not aware of any trademark conflicts with the fictional program Space Force produced by Netflix," an Air Force spokesperson told THR. "We wish Netflix and the show's producers the best in their creative depiction of our nation's newest branch of the military."
Watch the trailer for Space Force below.