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Use of the Harley davidson logo?

Discussion in 'Legal Issues' started by journeyoftheanimals, May 12, 2008.

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    I am working on designing some reptile harnesses for reptiles such as bearded dragons, monitors, iguanas and more. The design includes a piece of leather across the back and I am working on coming up with some embellishments. I was thinking about picking up some small Harley Davidson logo iron ons. Would this be a violition of their copyright?
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    What if I include a notice when I send them out that Harley Davidson logo is a trademark of Harley Davidson?
     
    journeyoftheanimals, May 12, 2008 IP
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    If you are not earning money off of the Harley Davidson logo, then you may be able to use their logo. The safest possible option is to contact them explaining the situation.
     
    MJGB, May 12, 2008 IP
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    I honestly do not think the guys over at HD would give two $h!ts if you put there logo on your product. At the very least this is free advertising and brand recognition for them.

    But to be on the safe side you might want to contact them.
     
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    journeyoftheanimals Active Member

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    As far as making money, I would be selling these harnesses so I guess I would be making money. I guess I contact Harley Davidson.


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    Contacted them. Was pretty easy. I hope I do not have to pay like a huge amount of money or something.
     
    journeyoftheanimals, May 12, 2008 IP
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    journeyoftheanimals Active Member

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    Got a very fast reply from them and the reply is as follows.


     
    journeyoftheanimals, May 12, 2008 IP
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    Licensing of trademarks is a billion dollar business. The response you received would be fairly normal. If you were going to mass produce the items, you could probably cut a deal with them - but I would image it would be in the tens of thousands of dollars at a minimum.
     
    mjewel, May 14, 2008 IP
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    OK this might sound really stupid but I had a thought. What if I made a harness. Included a "free" Harley Davidson" logo iron on? Pay for the harness and receive a free logo, that comes with instructions on how to iron it onto something. I know why are really stretching the laws here. Heck I am sure I could go ahead and sell the harnesses under the counter with the logo ironed on and never be caught. However I would like to sell these on my website and perhaps shot at e-bay so I have to be careful.
     
    journeyoftheanimals, May 14, 2008 IP
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    If you had a friend who was a lawyer, and the lawyer contacted them formally, you would be more likely to get a positive response however you may have to pay royalty fees. You got the answer the secretary is told to send out when they get an email from some guy.
     
    glasglow, May 15, 2008 IP
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    just use similar colors & such - don't use the exact design
     
    Seaji, May 15, 2008 IP
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    I'm pretty sure they won't let you use it even if you are a lawyer or even God. They make big bucks on licensing so they won't give it away.

     
    jingCo, May 16, 2008 IP
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    Nope...you can't get around the law that way. You are still getting a commercial gain and you are certainly not authorized to mass produce and distribute something that's not yours.
     
    RectangleMan, May 18, 2008 IP