In an interview with Vanity Fair, (video on YouTube), the director of Knives Out, Rian Johnson, said that:

Apple... they let you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on-camera...

So how come Barkawi, the villain in London Has Fallen, was allowed by Apple to use a MacBook? Does this statement apply to iPhones only?

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    The statement only mentions iPhones, so that's how I read it. Just iPhones. – Meat Trademark Dec 14 '20 at 16:07
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    Also, I'm not sure they can actually prevent you using a product in a movie. Generally speaking if you show the product being used as it is intended and don't negatively defame the product or the manufacturer - then its just a prop used in the movie. I guess being used by the "bad guy" might count as defaming the product, but that's a real stretch. – iandotkelly Dec 14 '20 at 21:12
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    legalteamusa.net/…. – iandotkelly Dec 14 '20 at 21:13
  • Seems like they could fight companies like Apple if they wished, but it may not be worth the effort since Apple have lots of money. – iandotkelly Dec 14 '20 at 21:14
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    I think, and I posted an answer of this nature to a related question a long time ago, that Apple will give/loan free devices for product placement in movies and TV and I suppose it’s under the agreement that only good-guys will use them. If a production goes out and buys some Apple devices, there’s nothing Apple can do to stop whoever the film-makers want to use them from using them. – Darren Dec 14 '20 at 22:07

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