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      09-23-2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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Using car manufacture logos on signage?

Is there legal issues in using logos on flag banners at my shop? My sign guy said we couldn't, not that he couldn't, but we couldn't.
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if you aren't selling them then there shouldn't be an issue (i.e. people painting bmw logos in their garages, etc.) but if it can be misconstrued as a selling point or misrepresentation then it will more than likely be frowned up.

might have to double check as i do not know all the legal terminology for it.
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But in seriousness, thanks for the advice.

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Is there legal issues in using logos on flag banners at my shop? My sign guy said we couldn't, not that he couldn't, but we couldn't.
It'll probably take a while for them to find you and have their attorneys send you the legal bits. Don't forget that BMW dealers make more money in a month from their service department than they do from selling cars all year long.

You can not use their logos when offering goods or services pertaining to the manufactures who own the rights to those logos. The manufacture cares much less about this than the local dealers, but the manufacturers have to protect their associates.

You can use the words, BMW, Mercedes, etc... but not their logos. I have a friend with a European shop and he ran into this problem. Tried to fight it for a brief moment, then came to his senses.
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I assume they would issue a cease and desist before they persued it further.
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Yeah, you would think.
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Is there legal issues in using logos on flag banners at my shop? My sign guy said we couldn't, not that he couldn't, but we couldn't.
I'm not disputing the legality, just saying that you can buy banners on Amazon already logo'd (tons to choose from).
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if you aren't selling them then there shouldn't be an issue (i.e. people painting bmw logos in their garages, etc.) but if it can be misconstrued as a selling point or misrepresentation then it will more than likely be frowned up.

might have to double check as i do not know all the legal terminology for it.
I have local shop with the big BMW logo painted on the front of the shop can not miss it. But I believe it is also a licensed shop from a long time ago, he has been in business for a long time.

If you are a business and you are not license to use their logo then you can not display it, there is no fair use for logo use when you are business yourself.

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I don't think there is a problem with that. I have seen many shop owners do that
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You can't use their logos. It's their trademark, even if you are selling their products. Do people still do it? Sure, but doesn't mean that it's legal to do technically.
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