Using Apple Logo in creating my own app


Zedsdead185

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Sep 14, 2006
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Does anyone know the legality of using Apples logo within my own app?
I'm not sure, but I would be very surprised indeed if you were allowed to use the apple logo within an app without direct permission. If I would you, I would contact them and ask for any permission and requirements for such a request. Chances are though that they will reject the request.

As I said, I'm not sure, but contact them anyway.

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Just found this

2. Compatibility: Developers may use Apple, Macintosh, iMac, or any other Apple word mark (but not the Apple Logo or other Apple-owned graphic symbol/logo) in a referential phrase on packaging or promotional/advertising materials to describe that the third party product is compatible with the referenced Apple product or technology, provided they comply with the following requirements.

a. The Apple word mark is not part of the product name.

b. The Apple word mark is used in a referential phrase such as “runs on,” “for use with,” “for,” or “compatible with.”

c. The Apple word mark appears less prominent than the product name.

d. The product is in fact compatible with, or otherwise works with, the referenced Apple product.

e. The reference to Apple does not create a sense of endorsement, sponsorship, or false association with Apple or Apple products or services.

f. The use does not show Apple or its products in a false or derogatory light.

Heres a link to apples information: http://www.apple.com/legal/trademark/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html

Hope this helps.
 

needfx

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before typing them the question, ask yourself, do I really want their logo in my app?

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I'm not sure, but I would be very surprised indeed if you were allowed to use the apple logo within an app without direct permission. If I would you, I would contact them and ask for any permission and requirements for such a request. Chances are though that they will reject the request.

As I said, I'm not sure, but contact them anyway.

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Just found this

2. Compatibility: Developers may use Apple, Macintosh, iMac, or any other Apple word mark (but not the Apple Logo or other Apple-owned graphic symbol/logo) in a referential phrase on packaging or promotional/advertising materials to describe that the third party product is compatible with the referenced Apple product or technology, provided they comply with the following requirements.

a. The Apple word mark is not part of the product name.

b. The Apple word mark is used in a referential phrase such as “runs on,” “for use with,” “for,” or “compatible with.”

c. The Apple word mark appears less prominent than the product name.

d. The product is in fact compatible with, or otherwise works with, the referenced Apple product.

e. The reference to Apple does not create a sense of endorsement, sponsorship, or false association with Apple or Apple products or services.

f. The use does not show Apple or its products in a false or derogatory light.

Heres a link to apples information: http://www.apple.com/legal/trademark/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html

Hope this helps.
cheers for that - interesting read!
 

pdjudd

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If you have any doubt whatsoever, make sure you contact the trademark owner first - especially when that owner is Apple - they are very protective of their marks. But if it isn't necessary to use it, don't use it. You just might save yourself a lot of hassle and Apple is probably going to deny any such formal request anyhow.
 

Fluttershy

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Thanks for that - the app i wanted to design, was an easier way to create the iCloud NameTag wallpaper that people seem to like. oh well/.
 

007bond

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Thanks for that - the app i wanted to design, was an easier way to create the iCloud NameTag wallpaper that people seem to like. oh well/.
What you could do is have an app that adds your name to multiple different wallpapers. You can have the walpapers load from an external server and just update them to add the iCloud wallpaper after the app has been approved. It's a bit iffy, but I don't think you'll run into any trouble.
 

hobbbz

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What you could do is have an app that adds your name to multiple different wallpapers. You can have the walpapers load from an external server and just update them to add the iCloud wallpaper after the app has been approved. It's a bit iffy, but I don't think you'll run into any trouble.
The apple logo is a symbol (type it using opt shift k) You could use a blank textfield for where the logo usually goes and let the user type or copy their own symbol in there. Then provide a glyph board of characters some might like a smiley or a music note, etc.