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Forum topic by Dana posted 01-31-2008 10:10 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2008 10:10 PM

If you were to make a piece with a logo on it and changed the logo a bit what would be done about it? If you have to get permission from the company, do you go about doing that? Any other info that may be helpful is much appreciated :)


-- Dana,Texas

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 10:22 PM

Need to contact the company. Parody is one thing but to use something copywritten or trademarked would be a violation of their rights. What would be done? depends on the company. Some might issue a cease and desist – if you are profiting from something represented as theirs. Other companies might sue – giants like microsoft have done well by squashing little companies that might become competition. Selling something one off might be beneath notice, but best to do your own thing.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 01-31-2008 10:32 PM

Thanx scott I appreciate it :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 10:37 PM

Many companies are very protective of the names, logos and trademarks. Even if it is not identical but may cause confusion you can be sued. I worked for a place called Crestmark that was sued by a company called Creststar because the names were too similar. You’re always better doing your own thing rather than trying to be like someone else.

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 10:56 PM

Thanks for the info russell. I agree I had a friend that wanted me to do a job that included a logo. But I will just tell him no. Thanx again :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 12:01 AM

Copyright infringement laws prevent you from selling anything with a trademark logo without permission from the trademark owner. Even a slight change that you consider a “knockoff” could result in an expensive lawsuit or cease and desist order. Something as small as using the Nike symbol and claiming that you intended it to be a check mark can land you in legal land.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 12:15 AM

Thanx jeff I appreciate the advice. Guess I will be very careful on what I do :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#7 posted 03-19-2008 08:37 PM

It depends on what you do with the logo. I have had people request that I do a motorcyle company name, for example. I can’t do it, and I lose the commission, because it would be me profiting on something that is not mine. Some people might tell you that because you might be a “small-timer” that you shouldn’t worry. Not true. It is very easy to sue a “small-timer” who can’t afford a big legal defense. That would send the message to other “small-timers” and the larger companies who do have the lawyers, that they can’t be messed with.

Hope that helps.

-- christopheralan

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