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iMovie '11 prohibits users from adding official studio names

updated 09:55 pm EDT, Thu October 21, 2010

Studio names censored when using Trailers theme

Apple appears to have placed restrictions on using official studio names to create trailers for movies produced in iMovie '11. When using the Trailers theme with an image of the earth, which looks very similar to the official Universal Studios logo, the software prevents users from placing the word "universal" in the studio name. The word is instead replaced with several hyphens.

The restrictions appear to be limited to specific themes that could be used to produce somewhat realistic copies of copyrighted studio openers. Users can enter "universal" into other themes without encountering any problems, while "paramount" is prohibited from the snowy mountain top imagery that resembles the official Paramount logo.

Aside from the censorship features, iMovie '11 provides new tools for audio editing and one-step visual effects. Users can also take advantage of a People Finder to spot individuals in various clips, while the framerates are now selectable. [via TUAW]

by MacNN Staff





  1. hackcess

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Easily bypassed...

    If you want to use a studio name you could try entering Cryllic letters, or if Apple was clever enough to ban Cryllic then you can just as easily purchase a font editor such as Type Tool ($99) and modify an existing font on your system. Basically you'd simply remap the letters around (so typing "UNIVERSAL" with the modified font might actually spell something like "AIS*JDKJD" if the font wasn't remapped.)

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another Good Move By Apple

    While the hacks are no doubt already underway (if not already available), mass trademark violation is not something Apple wants to appear to be encouraging. I was surprised (pleasantly) to see that they got as close as they did with the graphics. Happy enough with that.

  1. que_ball

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Turn it around

    To play devils advocate here.

    Anyone consider that the real reason that Apple is blocking the studio names is so that the ACTUAL studios cannot get away with buying the "cheap" apple software instead of the pro software?

    Maybe Apple is worried about loosing sales of their pro level products to these studio customers?

    Anyone..... Anyone.....


    I guess not.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    never mind...

    I wouldn't have my superb home video's associated with that Hollywood garbage ;-)

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why Universal?

    Oh, gee, Apple. Why just the Universal studio. How about a Castle with sprinkling stars going over it plus that tiny insect bell flying over it. Or a 20th Century FAX monument. Or those stars flying over a snow capped mountain. Or even a roaring OSX Lion surrounded with yellow film strips. Might as well going all the way while you're at it.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mountain peak

    Well, the Paramount mountain peak actually IS included in the logo, and I'm sure, Paramount is also an illegal word.

    I'm getting my iLife 11 tomorrow, so I'd like to find out if you could use the 'Paramount' mountain peaks and stars with the words 'MGM', or 'Searchlight', or 'Warner Brothers'...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Doesn't Universal have a trademark/copyright on the whole earth image for film studio thing anyway? Isn't just including that basically infringing on their stuff, regardless of whether it says "Universal" on it.

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