Question to the lawyers about reproduction of Apple logos and objects

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  1. nixonhead, Jun 23, 2011
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    nixonhead macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I want to ask the lawyers: can I sell reproduction of Apple logos or Macintosh or iPods and other things in my graphic design works?
    let's say I want to put this picture on a T-shirt and sell it, is it legal?
    Or: I drew a picture with the first Macintosh on it, it also has the logo of Apple, can I sell this picture?

    Thank you.
     
  2. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    The answer will depend on your jurisdiction. The answer may be different depending on whether you are in the US, EU, Japan, China, Outer Mongolia...
     
  3. kolax macrumors G3

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    Apple is notorious for going after people who use it's logo and products without permission.

    They even went after a supermarket chain who's logo design was similar to that of their logo. The complications were that the supermarket chain were beginning to sell computers and Apple didn't want any sort of confusion to consumers..
     
  4. nixonhead thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @iStudentUK: I want sell it online… In US, EU, Japan, China, etc.

    @Kilamite: I remember it, but my work has popularized the firm Apple, it's like an advertisement for the company. Seeing such a logo in the picture you realize that this is Apple inc, and not some other company in the supermarket. Besides this is can be described like fan art, because we all apple fans - we making sales and illustrations like it - show our love to this company.

    So, i'm still looking for lawyer answer, because I need to know for sure.
     
  5. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    Lawyers are going to be unwilling to give proper legal advice over the internet, especially as you want to sell all over the world. Also, if you get it wrong you are opening yourself up to lawsuits. Trademark infringement can be serious, and depending on how your company (or lack of) is set up you may find yourself personally liable.

    For a real answer much more detail would be needed- What are you selling? How obvious is the logo- instrumental or incidental? Will you be using the logo or a modification? I would seek proper advice on the matter.
     
  6. kolax macrumors G3

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  7. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

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    you are going to actually go and talk to a lawyer, or at least call one on the phone. No one in their right mind will give you actionable legal advise on a forum.
     
  8. nixonhead thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Updated, try again. Do you want it on t-shirt?
     
  9. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    Can you?

    Yeah, I'm sure you can get away with it.

    Is it legal?
    You are blatantly taking something which is surely copywritten and using Apple's brand power to sell your product. Think about whether or not this is legal...
     
  10. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    a registered trademark and copyrighted logos? and you don't have the permission of their owner to use them?

    You don't really need a lawyer to tell you "no", do you?
     
  11. iphonepiephone macrumors regular

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