The force definitely wasn’t with Laura Matthews.
Matthews, from Southend, UK, changed her middle name to “Skywalker” back in 2008. The change was completely legalized, but HM Passport Office refused to issue her a new passport her name would have read “L. Skywalker”. According to British officials, Matthews was breaching the copyright of the trademarked name “Luke Skywalker” and could not obtain a passport with this name, even though they had previously issued her another passport with the same name in 2008. Their statement regarding the copyright infringement was that they couldn’t be sure that the woman wouldn’t use the trademark for any commercial gain and that her motives could have been questionable.
A trademark attorney, Sharon Daboul, claims that the whole situation is ridiculous, since Matthews wasn’t really breaching any copyright laws, nor was she associating the copyrighted name with any services or products. Nevertheless, the government refused to give her a passport that read “L. Skywalker”.