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Originally Posted by moustd View Post

Im not sure if this is a helpful point but why do most if not all brands supply stickers and decals of the products. Even though we have those stickers given to us by them - why cant we use our own.

I would say something along the lines of this....

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Originally Posted by ValPestilence View Post

They reserve the right to use their image and they do not allow any third parties to use or copy it, as they don't want something they aren't aware of to be associated with their business. They would most certainty turn you down even if you requested permission, because they simply don't care/want to deal with it. The non-profit element does not make a difference, as I have pointed above, they don't like risking it.
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Originally Posted by kyfire View Post

Something along the lines of...Corsair is the registered trademark of Corsair Memory.

But in the case of Corsair here is their media page with the requirements for use of their logo. http://www.corsair.com/us/company/media/
As you can see you have to fill out a form requesting to use it. Other companies generaly have the same reqiurement. Short answer is to CYA from legal issues you need to have written permission from the Trademark/copyright owner.

So basically it's a no go unless the company specifically allows it as a "desktop" download. Lots of companies I've seen do do this. Wish more did.
Edited by Jolly Roger - 2/2/13 at 8:04pm
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By them giving you a "sticker" they are giving you permission to use their logo for "personal" use. i.e. Slapping it on your computer or some other device you own.

You need to be careful using anyone's logo without permission. If this is important to you, it wouldn't cost you a whole lot to talk to a copyright lawyer.

I am a small business owner, and I wouldn't want someone using my logo for any reason without my permission. 9 times out of 10 I would say go for it. It is more for me knowing the intent of the user.
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The bottom line is this...Use a companies logo without their written permission and risk getting contacted by their legal department. Some companies are very pro-active in enforcing their trademarks/copyrights and others aren't.
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By them giving you a "sticker" they are giving you permission to use their logo for "personal" use. i.e. Slapping it on your computer or some other device you own.

You need to be careful using anyone's logo without permission. If this is important to you, it wouldn't cost you a whole lot to talk to a copyright lawyer.

I am a small business owner, and I wouldn't want someone using my logo for any reason without my permission. 9 times out of 10 I would say go for it. It is more for me knowing the intent of the user.


Curios what you mean by, 9/10 times go for it? For what?

I was just thinking the same thing about not wanting someone to use my work with out permission.
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I researched this very topic. Most companies don't care if you use their logo for non profit reasons. They do have requirements such as using their exact art work as to not provide faulty image of their company or product. Most require that you keep the copy right circle c and some have other requirements. Some require that you only use certain colors which compliment their logo and the image.

Each company has different requirements so you will have to find the information you are looking for. Yes some still require written permission or at least a notice that you are planning to use their logo and for what purpose, however this is a fading practice as free advertising of any sort is still desired. Negative publicity for slapping the little guy on the wrist for mostly artistic use of their logo is frowned upon.

Computer hardware companies have allowed this for years now and I have never heard of anyone getting slapped unless they were doing it commercially for profit.
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I researched this very topic. Most companies don't care if you use their logo for non profit reasons. They do have requirements such as using their exact art work as to not provide faulty image of their company or product. Most require that you keep the copy right circle c and some have other requirements. Some require that you only use certain colors which compliment their logo and the image.

Each company has different requirements so you will have to find the information you are looking for. Yes some still require written permission or at least a notice that you are planning to use their logo and for what purpose, however this is a fading practice as free advertising of any sort is still desired. Negative publicity for slapping the little guy on the wrist for mostly artistic use of their logo is frowned upon.

Computer hardware companies have allowed this for years now and I have never heard of anyone getting slapped unless they were doing it commercially for profit.

Thanks for the info. Is there any reading I could do on this that you have at hand?
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I think the rule states you have to change so many things about that image you use to make it your own and then it isn't illegal.
post #18 of 20
False, if it's recognizable it's illegal.
post #19 of 20
After 3 things, you the image should be completely different.
post #20 of 20
So long as the logo is being used as a link to that company it's perfectly legal. However if for instance you were to take another company's logo and start using it for your own company or personal benefit, this would instantly be illegal and leave you open to prosecution and many serious charges.
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