I am working on an article about using trademarks and brand names on stage. For instance, if the script calls for "beer", do you make a fake label, or do you use a can of Coors? Even more problematic, what do you do if the script calls for a specific brand-name product?
What I am interested in is any anecdotes you may have dealing with this. Have you ever contacted a company for permission to use their products on stage? What was the result of that? Have there ever been any actual consequences, legal or otherwise, from using brand-name products on stage? Where do you get your information and advice about what you are or aren't allowed to do?