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Hi everyone.

I've just finished the Superman Logo in Swarovski crystals to give away as a gift. (on a t-shirt of course)

My son comes home and says "Hey, that looks cool. You'd better check if your allowed to use it !! "

Hmmm. I did a small amount of googling the Logo and saw that lots of people are most definately using it but of course are they using it legally??

This looks so good that I might have to reproduce it to sell ... if of course I can.

Only those who can give me a +ve reply need answer!

NO, just kidding. All honest answers desired.

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Making one as a gift will most likely not get you in any trouble (I still wouldn't suggest it), but if you plan on reselling, you would need to either have a licensing agreement which I believe would ultimately be through Warner Bros or Time Warner as they now are the umbrella over DC Comics, or get someone who has a license to produce them for you. The second option would be the best for most people but still very, very expensive. All in all, unless you have a huge national marketing plan and money to back it, there is no legal way to sell any logo trademarked by any company.

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I did a small amount of googling the Logo and saw that lots of people are most definately using it but of course are they using it legally??
Most of them are not.

In general we try and avoid giving legal advice on the forums, as no matter how many of us say it's okay that won't necessarily prevent you from getting sued.

In this particular case, it's actually an easy one (it would be illegal trademark infringement), but in general the best advice is to talk to a lawyer, or to read up on copyright and trademark information and form your own opinion.

There are some resources available in the sidebar of the forums:
http://www.copyright.gov/
http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm

Or in this case, since you're in Australia I would recommend:
http://www.copyright.org.au
 
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