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Old 01-30-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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New Trailer coming - name question?

Hi all,
We have a new 5.0TA coming in September.
As newbies we are unsure as to what is OK.
We are Charlie & Lucy. We talk between ourselves as being part of the Peanuts gang and are wondering about using Peanuts as our trailer name and using a graphic of Charlie & Lucy as our avatar and also on our trailer. If we are not selling the graphic in any way can we legally use it on the trailer? I believe Casper is being used on a member's trailer.
Thanks for your advise.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:31 PM   #2
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Hi all,
We have a new 5.0TA coming in September.
As newbies we are unsure as to what is OK.
We are Charlie & Lucy. We talk between ourselves as being part of the Peanuts gang and are wondering about using Peanuts as our trailer name and using a graphic of Charlie & Lucy as our avatar and also on our trailer. If we are not selling the graphic in any way can we legally use it on the trailer? I believe Casper is being used on a member's trailer.
Thanks for your advise.
Charlie & Lucy
I'm sure the graphics company that ETI uses would not allow any copyright plagiarism to exist, contact them.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:46 PM   #3
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I'm sure the graphics company that ETI uses would not allow any copyright plagiarism to exist, contact them.
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I was thinking of creating my own graphic based on the characters. Not planning on stealing images. We are still in the planning stages. That is why I am asking. I would definitely contact ETI.
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Old 01-30-2015, 03:10 PM   #4
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ETI has a local company for custom graphics in Chilliwack, that company emailed me my "BlackJack" for approval and then they supplied to ETI, there was a separate $$ charge.
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Old 01-30-2015, 03:15 PM   #5
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One can request permission to use some Peanuts graphics, for non-commercial purposes (like that proposed), by emailing service@peanuts.com. The official website advises patience; it may take a few weeks to get an answer.

"Inspired by" images are still considered, by many courts, to be copyright infringement.

Would anyone enforce against an individual using unlicensed images on a personal trailer? I don't know.

For our trailer, we found vector graphics we liked and bought a license to use them; we provided license info to ETI. The license cost us -- wait for it -- $6 US. In a quick search, however, I can't find any Peanuts cartoon character graphics offered in a similar way. All I found was that email address.

Good luck!

On a barely-related note, we're still enjoying replays of the "Peanuts" fake field goal play in the recent Seahawks - Packers football game. Yeah, not very related.
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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I deal with copyright all the time. It can be arduous. One of the easiest to understand publications is the one attached here. it's not written in legalese and is from the United States Copyright Office. If you read nothing more than the first two paragraphs you'll know more than most people. Pay attention to the word "derivative," that means to change. Only the copyright owner has the right to CHANGE an image. So, if you take Mickey Mouse and change his buttons to triangles and his ears to squares... you will still be in violation of the copyright.
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:23 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your responses. Thanks drpaddle and Donna D, and will read them now. Thanks for attaching.
We certainly don't want to infringe on copyright. We were just playing around with our names. If in fact we do decide to use "Peanuts" or "Peanut", we can do so without a graphic or use a photo of actual peanuts. Of course at that point it will be an inside joke with us. We have other alternatives for names, and may wind up not using Peanuts at all.
It's all a work in progress and we are just starting our build adventure! We appreciate everything that we have read in the forum posts and especially all responses we have and will receive.
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Thank you all for your responses. Thanks drpaddle and Donna D, and will read them now. Thanks for attaching.
We certainly don't want to infringe on copyright. We were just playing around with our names. If in fact we do decide to use "Peanuts" or "Peanut", we can do so without a graphic or use a photo of actual peanuts. Of course at that point it will be an inside joke with us. We have other alternatives for names, and may wind up not using Peanuts at all.
It's all a work in progress and we are just starting our build adventure! We appreciate everything that we have read in the forum posts and especially all responses we have and will receive.
Thanks again!
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The word 'Peanuts' is a registered trademark, but it's also a generic because it describes other things, so enforcement would be difficult if not impossible. Thousands of formerly trademarked names have gone generic as well. For instance, 'Aspirin' was once a registered trademark, and so was 'Elevator'. You could always have the word Peanuts placed on your trailer by ETI's graphics supplier in any font you like, and accompany it with an officially licensed sticker sold by the Snoopy Store.

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Hi rbryan4,
Thank you for your wonderful suggestion! Something to think about! There would be no copyright infringement then... would there?
PS... enjoy your new trailer. We are quite jealous!
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Hi rbryan4,
Thank you for your wonderful suggestion! Something to think about! There would be no copyright infringement then... would there?
PS... enjoy your new trailer. We are quite jealous!
I'm no lawyer (Thank God) but there would be no copyright infringement because you did not copy the graphic. As for the trademark name, a little more hazy, but the word Peanuts is too common imho to worry about.
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