In addition to not getting sued, I also want my work to come off as standing on its own. I wouldn’t even worry about it if not for the fact that one of the battleships in the legion is captained by a music fanatic. Making up names for future music and relying solely on vague descriptions of them would really take away from the picture I want to paint of this captain and her crew, which I would be loath to ignore because the ship’s name is music related and the captain’s character is pretty well shaped at this point (not my fault)
For context, humans left a dying Earth almost 500 years ago with a very generous alien race that took them to a new solar system, gave them a planet, and taught them everything they know about space travel (including FTL) The humans have since formed a military and government hand in hand with the alien race that rescued them, this being the aliens’ stipulation for giving them a new planet and the means to slowly but surely begin settling on others. I figure after 400+ years, music from our century and the last would be referred to as classical, but I don’t want it to seem like I’m biting off of Star Trek, even if it seems obvious to me that this would be the case several centuries into Earthling future.
Also, if I’m wrong about this and music from recent eras probably wouldn’t be called classical or if there’s something else I can call it to get around looking like a copycat, please let me know. Thanks in advance.
Clarification: My main concern was whether or not I would have to worry about legal repercussions for referring to real life modern day music as ‘classical’. I was unsure whether or not this was generally and/or legally seen by the vast majority as a trademark Star Trek thing or not. In addition, I wanted to know whether or not I was incorrect in assuming that music from our time would naturally be referred to as ‘classical’ a few centuries into the future and if it may be referred to as something else. I could think of nothing else to call it aside from classical music, though I was obviously not entirely comfortable with that, and the answers I’ve received have shown that it’s not the only option.