So recently on the Pianobook Discord channel, they posted more rules regarding what constitutes owning and distributing the samples. In so doing, they mentioned that in the future, some of the free sample libraries may need to remove "Steinway" from their names. But because none of the libraries cost any money, they said it's just a pre-warning, just in case.
So it got me wondering how far the virtual piano libraries go in using the name brand of the piano that was sampled. Pianoteq purposely says that their libraries are licensed, so they must have permission. VSL uses the Bosendorfer, Bluthner and Yamaha names, but conspicuously removes Steinway in their "Concert D-274" library name - yet does not hide the name Steinway in their description.
Some sample libraries, like Synthology Ivory II Italian don't even mention Fazioli at all, even in the description, yet mention Steinway in the American Concert D description.
Do you think the number of times a piano manufacturer is named in a library is inversely proportional to probability of getting sued by that respective company?
I might have a "S" available to sample in the future - should I use "S" in the title?