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Q: I made original artwork using the VW logo, will I get sued if I put it on a shirt?

I took a picture of the VW logo, photoshopped it into artwork, will I get sued if I put it on a shirt that I would sell?

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Steve Charles Vondran
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA

A: This is never an easy question. There are ways to "transform" copyrighted and trademarked works in a way that "fair use" rights will apply. However, I tell my clients not to mess with big established brands and logos. It may end up in having to scrap your project, pay damages, and possibly end up in a IP related lawsuit. To be sure, run your idea by a IP attorney.

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