I've created a sports Facebook page that deals with the NFL, we just give updates on day to day news, scores, debates, and it's now close to 100k likes.
I want to create a website/blog to expand more. The name of the website does have "NFC East" in the title, but no other NFL team name nor the word "NFL" is it okay to use "NFC East" in the title?
I see that other Non-NFL blogs use professional pictures, and give credit to the website/photographer when used, is this sufficient to add and use on my blog?
It depends on what you are doing on your website. If you are reporting, giving news about NFC then it may be okay to use the name in the title, however, you must check first with a trademark attorney, lest you receive a cease and desist. Likewise, the use of photographs may be through the news services or other parties that granted the site the rights to use them, as the photographers themselves have ownership and copyrights in the photos unless they were taken as a work for hire. Because you may want to obtain advertising and other means of income from the site, you should have the site checked by an IP attorney to ensure you do not step on anyone's else's rights.
A good answer above. The answer will depend on many more facts than you present. At one extreme, it should be permitted to use the name in something like news: "Team X just won the NFC East" and at the opposite end, your promoting you site without disclaimer using an official NFL NFC Logo, which would be likely to cause confusion. Undoubtedly the entire context, words and graphics will be relevant.
The blog is probably ok. But, be very careful using photos that are not your own. Many sites, even smaller ones, have licenses to use the photos. Just giving credit may not be enough.
You need a proper analysis because if you get it wrong you will get noticed and they will take you down.
If you are writing a blog about say Eli Manning you are of course free to illustrate that using his image. But you just can't use any image you find of him and offer a credit. You need to license the image. This is how the photographers make their money. So you can open an account with like Getty and get quality legal images there to use.
Regards to using a trademark in your domain you need to be careful. For example, if that use presents a false association, endorsement, sponsorship or affiliation that can cause market confusion then you might be considered infringing on their trademark.
Before you jump in, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
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