AM I FREE TO PRINT LOGOS?

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Aug 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

QUESTION: If i have a printing company that allows people to submit a custom design, am I allowed to print the design if it contains copyrighted/trademarked logos of bands, artists, etc? Or by submission, is the user liable for this and not me? I noticed some ToC for other companies say that the user agrees to have permission to use all logos,etc if they submit the design. What can I do so that I won't get in trouble for printing these designs?

ANSWER: You cannot print the copyrights and trademarks of others without permission. Your customer should obtain the necessary permissions that would cover your work. In addition, you should have your customer cover you for any claims made by the owners of the copyrights and trademarks.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.

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