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    Default Appropriate Use of Third-Party Trademarks

    Is it legal to sell works of art which depict a company's products including their logo?

    In case these details are relevant, the logo in question is publicly displayed by the company, the logo is a well-known local icon associated with the area rather than merely with the company, and the work of art is a depiction of a public location in which the logo is displayed. (Realism demands the logo be included.)

    Also, the company in question has, in recent days, begun something of a vendetta against anyone who uses the logo. I may be able to win an infringement suit, but the victory would be pyrrhic indeed unless I can also get the company sanctioned for a frivolous action. Struggling artists can't cover big legal bills and I don't have a day job to quit at the moment.

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    Default Re: Appropriate Use of Third-Party Trademarks

    If you're an artist, you already know about Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup cans.

    There's no "fair use" for trademarks, though. Nobody here can "green light" your plan without knowing what it is.

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