Are there any legal consequences if I use a copyrighted/trademarked logo for personal use? I am using the logo to make custom bumper stickers for my friend and I to stick on our cars. So the logo will be visible to other drivers behind our cars. It's strictly personal use and we don't want to distribute these stickers for profit to anyone else. I'm assuming this is fine, but I just want to make sure to be on the safe side.

  • Downgraded for assuming an answer to the question that is totally wrong with no legitimate basis for doing so. – ohwilleke Sep 8 '17 at 5:26

This is copyright violation.

You are not permitted to make copies of the logo unless it is fair use/dealing. One of the factors is if you make a profit but the other facts suggest that this prophesied use isn't fair dealing- in particular it compromises the copyright owners ability to exploit their work by, for example, selling bumper stickers to you and your friend.

  • So logos cannot be used for personal use? I have no intention to ever make a profit off of it. – btrballin Jul 7 '17 at 16:31
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    @btrballin you are denying the owner their right to make a profit - by selling you and your friend bumper stickers – Dale M Jul 7 '17 at 23:13
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    Idk...what you are stating sounds bogus. Literally everyone else told me I had nothing to worry about by making them strictly for personal use and not for profit. I'm not denying them anything if they don't sell bumper stickers in the first place with their logo on it. – btrballin Jul 8 '17 at 18:49
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    @btrballin but they can sell bumper stickers even if they actually don't. I agree you chance of actually being sued is minuscule, however, your question was is it legal and the answer is no. – Dale M Jul 8 '17 at 22:20
  • I see. I guess I forgot to make the distinction between legality and chance of being litigated for it. – btrballin Jul 10 '17 at 4:03

Use of a logo may also be a trademark infringement where your use falsely conveys some implicit sponsorship by or affiliation with the company that owns the brand. It is clearly a copyright infringement to duplicate and publicly display your unauthorized copies of their artwork, unless your work is exempt as a parody, or the like. Whether or not you "profit" would go to the question of whether it is also a federal crime, or merely a civil infringement (e.g., $150,000 in damages, plus their attorneys' fees). However, if the owners don't care, nobody else does either.

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