|Forum topic by natenaaron||posted 08-29-2013 12:44 AM||754 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-29-2013 12:44 AM
If this is the wrong place please move it, and maybe this is an old beat to death topic, but….
I don’t think I am over stepping my bounds when I say people on this site are playing with fire. I have seen many projects that are decorated with trade marked college logos. Bad idea unless you have really deep pockets and can either afford the licensing fees or the judgements when you land in court.
The projects are cool, well built and I am sure sell well. The problem is, a hobby woodworker selling things at a craft sale, or on etsy, or on ebay, is not going to be able to afford the fees.
Here is one example how a college feels about the situation. See number 6 specifically
Here is how the University of Oregon feels about it.
University of Oregon does not even own their own duck logo and have to license it (scroll to the bottom)
They don’t take this lightly
My question is why would someone do this, when the item quality stands by itself? A perfect example is the magnetic bottle opener in the gallery. A great item that does not need the college logo.
You might never get caught, you might never have to worry about it, but why take the chance?