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Suggestions In Memory of...using a Harley logo

Discussion in 'Designs & Layouts' started by Stacey K, Jan 14, 2019.

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  1. Stacey K

    Stacey K I like making signs

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    Hi All! I just had a customer stop in looking for some "In Memory of" decals. She wants me to replace the wording of the Harley Davidson logo with her own wording. This type of thing makes me nervous...please advise on how much I need to change the logo...or should I find something similar? Thank you!
     
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  2. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    If it is a couple of stickers I'd do it. It would be a bad move for Harley to take you to court over memorial stickers someone wanted on one car.
    If it's a couple hundred or something....
     
  3. Stacey K

    Stacey K I like making signs

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    She wants 100 and I'm only 1 hour from the world head quarters of Harley Davidson...
     
  4. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    Yep. A couple, no problem. Hundreds.. then there's an issue. Harley isn't quite as bad as they used to be. I see lots of "Harley-ish" logos out there.
     
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    flyplainsdrifta Active Member

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    iffy, id try to push her into another direction if possible.
     
  6. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Honestly, I'd tell her...... no, I can't do it. Whether it's a lot against the law or a little against the law..... you could get in a lotta trouble, even if she signs a waiver. Remember, you are the one producing and duplicating copyrighted no-nos, not her. Your job is to tell her its not doable. Sorry.
     
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  7. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    This is something that I've never understand how anyone can think that it would cover them (I'm not saying that you did say that, it's just that I hear it all the time, from people with a lot of years in the business and they believe this). If the client doesn't have permission to get the work done, how can they actually absolve "you" of any liability? It's not in their ability to do so.
     
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  8. webguru

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    I wonder if the bank will call the police if I only steal a little money from them?
     
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    HARDLEY WORTHITSON.jpg
     
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  10. JBurton

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    The bank would never call the police, they have a button to do that for them!
     
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  11. jwilde

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    I would suggest an alternate route. Even using the Bar and Shield shape is a problem. Harley is really protective of it's brand and anything that resembles it. Chances are nothing would ever come from it, but that's a decision you have to make for yourself.

    Remember the Disney story of the Parents that couldn't use the Winnie the Pooh quote on a child's headstone?.. DENIED, until the media got ahold of it and made it a PR problem.
     
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  12. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    Oh snap, one hour from harley? Go ask for express written permission! What's the worst that could happen. I emailed ILM once I found the appropriate email address concerning reproducing the scene from Star Wars with the falcon jumping into hyperspace for my back glass. Two weeks later they said no, and then a couple of months later Disney bought them all up.
     
  13. rjssigns

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    Local sign shop had a meeting with H-D execs regarding a big project that was underway. Shop owners thought it would be a nice touch to have easel signs with the HD logo at the entrance to the meeting room, and table toppers too.
    As soon as the HD folks filed in all hell broke loose and went downhill from there. In the end every piece had to be destroyed into unrecognizable bits while the HD people watched.

    True story as relayed to me by a friend that managed the shop.

    Don't mess with them or any other copyrighted material.
     
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  14. Stacey K

    Stacey K I like making signs

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    OK, this is an easy one for me to say no to now. She wanted the crest with wings on the sides. I just did a mock up of the words with some random clip art wings - crest or Harley lettering. Take it or leave it I guess. Thanks all!
     
  15. Jay Grooms

    Jay Grooms Printing, Printing, Printing......

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    nope-nope-nope!
     
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