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heather from encinitas
heather from encinitas

Hello, 

Is there a general rule about images created for logos that are inspired by an image found on Colourbox.com, for example, a royalty-free stock vector that can be found on other royalty-free stock vector websites. If the image was modified (the color was changed, and the shape was slightly modified), is there a percentage of "modification" that must occur for the image to be fairly used for commercial purposes?

Any help would be appreciated! Want to modify it enough to take to legal...there is a lot of information about "text, quotes, etc." but not a lot about images.


MissDe77
MissDe77

Hello, is anybody there???? I asked a question 2 days ago and know one has been able to leave an answer. Please respond.

MissDe77
MissDe77

Hand crafters make all kinds of products and put stickers of Football logos on them and sell the product. Example: the Red Neck Wineglass. You take a Mason jar and a candle holder, glue them to gather and place a team sticker logo on it or paint the logo on it and then sell it as The Redneck Wineglass. This is being done all over this country, but my husband says I cannot do anything like this because it is illegal. If this is illegal, why do they make and sell these team stickers? Please help.

Romain
Romain

I would like to use the logo of an airline that no longer exists: NATIONAL AIRLINES.

I would use it for a real estate company.

Would that be a problem ?

Samjb
Samjb

This is really helpful. What about using an old logo? A student of mine used the old Twitter bird logo in artwork for a class and claims it's OK because it's not their current logo. I'm guessing the old TM still stands, especially since there's not much difference between the two. At first glance it does appear the logo is the Twitter logo, and could imply the organization has a relationship with the company.

Anthony Bower
Anthony Bower

If someone could answer my question I would appreciate it.

We operate a retail distribution business where we sell brand name merchandise to our customers whom sell those items in their stores. Some of these items in the electronics departments are costly so we lock them up in a glass case. To identify these item in the display case we have put together some price tags that include the price, a picture of the item and the logo of the company that makes the item. Are we infringing on the companies logos and stock pictures if the signs are being display with their product to help sell their product?

For instance, one of our items is a Cobra Radar Detector. The tag shows a picture of the radar unit and the Cobra logo with a short description, barcode and retail price.

Thanks

Sandy
Sandy

What if the owner of the business is also the logo designer how does one copy write it!

Rick
Rick

We had a logo designed for our company and have had the copyright transferred to us from the designer. Are we now free to alter the color(s) of the logo or to reshape and redevelop as we see fit?

Becky
Becky

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for posting such great information. I am working on a logo for the company I work for to be used internally for an employment branding initiative. The initials for this campaign are M & M, so we thought it would be cool to design the logo roughly around the m&m candy logo. I did not use the same font, but something fairly similar. The colors are also very different. I also added some other elements to the design that are different to the original m&m logo. We will may use it on t-shirts for employees, communications and possibly promo items. Would this be a trademark or copyright violation? We aren't even close to being in the same industry as m&m's and are definitely not using the logo to make money. We may post photos of our employees in their t-shirts with the logo on them to our website, but other than employees wearing their shirts around it really wouldn't be visible to the general public. Any words of advice. It's hard to find really specific information like this.

Thank you,

Becky

martin mercado
martin mercado

My business is a service, ive been putting TM on all my ads, i dont like the look of SM, am i still safe? thanks for your help

apron lady
apron lady

I want to put a couple iron on daisy's on the corners of my aprons im going to sell, do I have to get permission for this ??

Judy
Judy

What about using logos on cake?

Maarkyy
Maarkyy

Hi there, I am a student artist and wanted to know if you can write your name on someoneelses logo if you have re-drawn it? This Artist Paul Heard has removed the Olympic copyright trademark and written his own name on the logo's, so it looks like he has designed Manderville, the lion with the red andblue mane, all of the official logos's.The paralympic logo, and paralympic GB.

http://www.paulheard.com/#!projects/c12fm

He also says I was responsible for designing Olympic and Paralympic themed illustrations in response to visitors' requests.

Doesnt the guy who designed the logo have a right to have his name there?

Thanks for your help in my quiery. I want to draw logo's and put my name on but it wouldnt really be my work.

Thanks again

Mark

Paul Heard - Art Animation Video Community Project | Projects www.paulheard.comI'm Paul Heard, an independent artist from Chelmsford in Essex. I specialise in painting, animation, video editing, photography, illustration and graphic design

claydog88
claydog88

I know this is an old discussion, but haven't been abe to find anything on my question, anywhere. I was going to do a mixed media re-creation of a logo, or several different ones, to celebrate the beauty of the design. I work in polymer clay and found objects mostly. Would this be a violation, or is it legal. And does it depend on the company, would I need to get their permission to use it. Would it be considered parody? Thanks for any help on this.

Solid information in regards to copyright & trademark being interlinked when it comes to ownership and service product. I certainly appreciate your information that there is no trademark registration requirement to go along with a copyright registration in regards to intellectual ownership. A good supportive link would of been even better!
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Tim Valentine
Tim Valentine

Wow, nice breakdown. I learned something. Thanks

Tim Valentine
Tim Valentine

Wow, nice breakdown. I learned something. Thanks

Mary Layton
Mary Layton

Ahhhh! Yep, that 'splains it! I'd also wondered why some trademarks have just TM on 'em and others have the ® symbol! Thanks!

Mary Layton
Mary Layton

Ahhhh! Yep, that 'splains it! I'd also wondered why some trademarks have just TM on 'em and others have the ® symbol! Thanks!

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

You are right that it is expensive and confusing to register a TM. You are also right that you don't need to register to use the TM on one's logo. HOWEVER, if you want to use the ® symbol you will have to register. Hope that clears things up!

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

You are right that it is expensive and confusing to register a TM. You are also right that you don't need to register to use the TM on one's logo. HOWEVER, if you want to use the ® symbol you will have to register. Hope that clears things up!

Mary Layton
Mary Layton

Thanks for this Jon - I've actually been wondering about how to proceed with a project in regards to TM - but it is SOOOOOO costly to actually register something. I was particularly intrigued by this statement:
"...there is no registration requirement in the U.S. to obtain a mark or sue for trademark infringement..."
Does this mean one can slap the TM on one's logo without having to register it?

Mary Layton
Mary Layton

Thanks for this Jon - I've actually been wondering about how to proceed with a project in regards to TM - but it is SOOOOOO costly to actually register something. I was particularly intrigued by this statement: "...there is no registration requirement in the U.S. to obtain a mark or sue for trademark infringement..." Does this mean one can slap the TM on one's logo without having to register it?

Ilenia
Ilenia

You should be fine!

Ian
Ian

Rick - If the designer has assigned or sold outright the logo design to you ( check your purchase order , invoice , sales order from designer or other documentation ), in the absence of any other wording the copyright is entirely yours and you are free to do with it what you like and each iteration will belong to the company. Note the designer may have retained a right to use the logo in his portfolio of work to show what he has done.

Paul Heard
Paul Heard

Hi Mark,

That is a fair point regarding the work I carried out during the Olympics last year. My intention was not to take credit for the original logos/designs, and have therefore updated the information, crediting the original designers. I was following instructions from Samsung (official sponsors of the event) on what was/wasn't allowed to be included in designs, but in hindsight can see that signing the designs myself could have been a bit misleading to those who saw the designs out of context.

I hope you'll understand that it was not my intention to mislead people into thinking i designed the original logos, but was simply celebrating the essence of the Olympics, with the iconic logos playing a huge part in the event's identity.

Regards,

Paul

plagiarismtoday
plagiarismtoday moderator

 @claydog88 There are a lot of potential issues here including trademark and copyright ones. Most likely, if the design is not copyrightable, as long as you don't create the logo in a way that will be confused with an official representation of the company, you should be fine. But it depends on the logo. Read the article above and see if it qualifies for copyright protection before proceeding. 

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