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Sports logo copyright laws? Anybody familiar??

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by wmflyfisher, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. wmflyfisher

    wmflyfisher [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a design that I'm looking to produce but it involves using a college team logo. Is anybody familiar with the "ins and outs" regarding the use of copyrighted logos?? Would it be possible for me to pay an amount of money to "use" the logo officially? Any help would be great if anyone has anything to offer.
     
  2. joshua721

    joshua721 Well-Known Member

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    Contact the owners. Chances are they will not let you use it.
     
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    At the college I go to, you can use the logo for cash. Lots of cash.
     
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    wmflyfisher [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I figured it would probably cost A LOT. My other question, what are my chances of getting caught? :)
     
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    MGMTacolover55 Well-Known Member

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    If you use it only for yourself then there should not be a problem
     
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    wmflyfisher [OP] Well-Known Member

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    One of my goals would be to make money so therein lies the problem.
     
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    A very big problem.

    Possibility of getting caught?

    Motorcycle clubs have shut down eBay sellers offering t-shirts with the club artwork.

    Your legal defense will be far higher than any money you might make as a one-man operation.
     
  8. CanisLupus

    CanisLupus Previously "MGMTacoFF"

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    Will you be changing the logo? You can try and contact the college, a lawyer, or try and research how much of a logo you have to change so that it is not legally the same. My HS actually got busted for basing our logo off of Georgia Southern and had to change it. They ended up just cropping out the head of the eagle and flipping it horizantally. I'm not saying you may have to change it that much, but just an example.

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    Current HS Logo:
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    Matt
     
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    tacoftw 5100s are the same price as spacers, seriously

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    hah i go to georgia southern...
     
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    CanisLupus Previously "MGMTacoFF"

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    Sorry we copied you :eek: I hate my HS if it helps any...

    Matt
     
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    tacoftw 5100s are the same price as spacers, seriously

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    hahaha i gotta say, yall did a pretty good job. doesnt everyone hate their high school?
     
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    My high school got in trouble for using an Indian head and spear for their logo.

    If you're going to make money off it, why not just create something original instead of using what's already out.
     
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    nice!
     
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