I have noticed that some authors will go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-world brand names (Cryptonomicon and Finux comes to mind). Other fictional worlds include them wholesale (Buffy for example). So, what rights do I, as a producer of misc. art, have to use various trademarked terms and/or company names? Would I be in any legal trouble if I mentioned that my fictional character used the windows XP operating system? If I mentioned that it was a 3-monkey OS?
Gah. Just realized something: 3-monkey refers to a Dilbert cartoon where Dilbert muses that if it would take 1,000,000 monkeys some odd number of years to write Hamlet, then the work he was reading could be produced by 3 monkeys in 10 minutes. I didn’t think it up.
Would I be in trouble if I didn’t include this disclaimer?