Here’s a good excerpt from a new book by copyright doyenne Nancy Wolff called The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook. It’s on a favorite topic of mine, namely intellectual property rights (supposed ones, that is) in buildings:
A three dimensional building will rarely serve as a trademark. An owner of a mark needs consistency to create a trademark. The building must be shown in the same angle on all brochures, advertising, marketing material, etc. Other museums or entities learning a lesson from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame may begin using the same image of their building consistently and over time build trademark rights. An example of the consistent use of a building as a trademark is the stylized illustration of the Transamerica pyramid as a logo for the insurance company. Use of the logo would constitute trademark infringement by a competitor, but showing the building in a skyline photo of San Francisco would not.
Nancy Wolff gets it! And if I were a professional photographer (and sometimes I wish I were), I’d get her book.
Originally posted 2011-07-05 16:43:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
2 Replies to “Pro shutterbug’s guide to IP”
I’ve been admiring your photos recently, Ron – keep them coming!
Thank you, Peter!
They’re mostly here.
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