Logo Copyright

Logo Copyright

Post by dee » Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:35:30

I was going to paint a picture of the US Centennial of Flight Commission's
logo on a board for a 4th of July float. The theme being "Century of
Flight". for "AmVets".
I was told this might be a copyright infringement so I used a simple
The Commission was designed to help celebrate a century of flight, that's
what we wanted to do.
Would this have been a copyright infringement?
I mean if our theme had been "Give to the United Way", we would have used a
United Way logo.
Would that have been wrong also? It's all so gray!
I thought logos were designed to bee seen. How do you do this correctly.


Logo Copyright

Post by JunkMonke » Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:41:05

Generally, all you have to do is write and get permission. They copyright
this stuff to be able to keep it from being used in a way they consider
inappropriate. You really do need to get permission.



Logo Copyright

Post by Bobby Hend » Tue, 22 Jul 2003 06:08:00

The main thing is the context in which the logos are used. If you are
directly promoting a product and using its logo in the promotion then it
would be legal. However, you must follow the rules on how the logo should
be used (sizing, white space/clear space limits, color specs, etc.). You
also need the official vector art. Most companies are happy to provide
authentic vector logos to keep people from making substandard knock-offs and
maintain consistency in their corporate identity program.

The area where corporations will prosecute with great severity involves
unauthorized logo use for profit. For instance, if you decide to get some
Nike brand tee-shirts screen printed, sell them at the local flea market and
then pocket all the money, then Nike's attorneys would have every reason to
file charges against you ...well, that is of course if you are American.
If you run a giant clothing piracy operation in China our dopey politicians
are more than happy to look the other way.

Bobby Henderson