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coderWalker    127
This is directly related to video games, so I apologize.



I want to make a T-shirt like the Following:

[img]http://cdn4.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/internet-explorer-logo.jpg[/img]
[size="6"][color="#0000FF"][b]Greatest Browser Ever[/b][/color][/size]


Would it be illegal for me to make a t-shirt with this logo?

If not, Would I be able to sell shirts like this?

I know under certain conditions you can use publc figures (obama) if they are known by enough people.
Does the same thing apply to images like this?

I do know iexplore is the worst browser ever, just a inside joke in my programming classes.

Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Walker

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Tom Sloper    16040
[quote name='coderWalker' timestamp='1311001876' post='4836834']
1. This is directly related to video games
2. Would it be illegal for me to make a t-shirt with this logo?
3. If not, Would I be able to sell shirts like this?
4. I know under certain conditions you can use publc figures (obama) if they are known by enough people.
Does the same thing apply to images like this?
5. I do know iexplore is the worst browser ever, just a inside joke in my programming classes.[/quote]
1. No it isn't.
2. See #5.
3. See #5.
4. The public figures thing has NO BEARING on use of a corporate logo. A corporate logo is not a public figure.
5. So you're saying it's satire or parody. Read the FAQ (above), and read [url="http://www.sloperama.com/advice/faq61.htm"]this[/url]. IF* you get taken to court, the defense your expensive lawyer can use is the satire/parody defense.

*There's no certainty you will, but you could.

I find it amazing that there are SO MANY threads on the question of IP use this morning.

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d000hg    1199
Internet Explorer isn't even a browser. IE 6,7,8,9,etc are separate applications.

Sounds like a bunch of college kids thinking they're being funny and original by jumping on a bandwagon. The lawyers will have the shirts off their backs.

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SimonForsman    7642
[quote name='d000hg' timestamp='1312430367' post='4844315']
Internet Explorer isn't even a browser. IE 6,7,8,9,etc are separate applications.

Sounds like a bunch of college kids thinking they're being funny and original by jumping on a bandwagon. The lawyers will have the shirts off their backs.
[/quote]

IE9 is actually fairly good, It even renders websites mostly correctly (something that can't be said for IE6-8)

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shadowisadog    3217
You could try to come up with something more unique and not use a logo at all maybe like:

IE6: Why upgrade when everything comes with Windows XP.

Internet Explorer: It doesn't quite work, but it keeps web developers employed.

or for a t-shirt:

Internet Explorer: Standards? Do I look like I care about standards?

Of course I think you might need to perform more market research if you think many people would actually want a shirt that makes jokes about internet explorer... How about jokes about the economy? It is just too bad no one will be able to afford to buy them...

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d000hg    1199
[quote name='Hodgman' timestamp='1312430604' post='4844316']
Are you running a t-shirt selling business, or are you making a one-off joke for yourself to wear?

No one is going to sue you for making yourself a one-off joke t-shirt.
[/quote]Maybe if you wear it at a convention and ask for Ballmer's autograph...

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Antheus    2409
[url="http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/IntellectualProperty/Trademarks/FAQ.aspx"]No.[/url]

[quote]No. Microsoft does not permit other companies or individuals to display its logos or trademarks on T-shirts, office supplies, sporting goods, or other merchandise. For more information, review the Merchandise section of the [url="http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/intellectualproperty/trademarks/usage/general.aspx"]General Microsoft Trademark Guidelines[/url]. Limited exceptions may be granted based on extenuating circumstances and business approval from a Microsoft Account Manager. If your company has a business proposal to license a Microsoft trademark as a revenue opportunity, submit your business proposal to [email="iplg@microsoft.com"]iplg@microsoft.com[/email]. Please include [i]Trademark[/i] in the subject line of your message.[/quote]

[url="http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/IntellectualProperty/Trademarks/EN-US.aspx"]Trademarks[/url].

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Cronnix    152
[quote name='shadowisadog' timestamp='1312436709' post='4844337']

Internet Explorer: It doesn't quite work, but it keeps web developers employed.

[/quote]

Instant buy [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif[/img]

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