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#1 iAddict

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:24

Is it illegal to use another companies logo on your website if you sell their products? I want to just show that I carry their type of products so I want to put their logo on the bottom of my home page like some companies do. Do you have to be a reseller directly for that company? I resell for someone who carries a wide range of products and I don't know if they are resellers directly for the companies logos I wish to put on my site. I tried using Google but couldn't find much. Any help would be much appreciated :)


#2 Vice

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:27

Sounds a bit risky it may give consumers the impression that the companies are directly supplying and endorsing your company/site.

#3 levianthen

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:28

Sounds like your advertising for them. I don't think it's a problem, but I could be wrong

#4 vetColin-uk

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:28

Technically yes.

maybe you could contact the company and ask...

#5 BigDaddy

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:29

Why don't you ask the company first if it's ok to put their logo on your page?

#6 mk1990

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:29

its not illegal, might want to contact them that your using for non-profit way or you havnt defaced the logos.

#7 apul

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:33

Ouh, during a few times I used the logo of the site File Hippo for signature... :whistle:

#8 vetColin-uk

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 10:12

Ouh, during a few times I used the logo of the site File Hippo for signature... :whistle:


Your not selling FileHippo though are you :p

#9 Spielo

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 10:15

It depends on your country's copyright laws, but I'd imagine it falls under the idea of "fair use"... The only problem might be if a company feels that the use of their logo respresents an endorsement of your site by them.

#10 vetLaura

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:39

Some companies and organisations get really funny about things like this.

I would ask them directly - a polite e-mail/telephone call to exlpain why/how you would use their logo. Try to make it sound like you are doing them a favour.

#11 Shof

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:44

just ask :)

#12 John.

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:47

You do have to ask the Company for permission to display their logo. Always remember to put a (copyright respective owners) thing at the bottom of your site if you do.

#13 vetmaplecookie

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 16:09

You have to contact their HR department and ask for approved logos. You can't just use google and pick one. I did marketing for a company and had to contact ALL sorts of places. Typically if you are a reseller they are really helpful.

#14 OP iAddict

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 17:36

Alright, thanks for all your help guys. I'll just contact the companies and ask them.