Dallas, TX asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Texas

Q: I’m looking to become a Twitch Streamer and for my logo I am looking to use Mighty Morphin Power Rangers symbol can I?

For my logo I’d like to incorporate the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers lightning symbol but don’t know if I can because I don’t know if it is copyrighted/ trademarked.

2 Lawyer Answers
Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Oberlin, OH
  • Licensed in Texas

A: This is an interesting question because SCG Power Rangers LLC abandoned one of its Power Rangers registered trademarks (which includes the lightning symbol) back in 2017. Whether or not you can use a trademark without getting in trouble depends on several factors, which can sometimes be clear cut and sometimes wishy washy. Will the trademark owner send you a cease and desist letter? Even if a mark is no longer registered, they could still have some rights to it. If they're no longer using the mark, then this is less likely. Are you causing a likelihood of confusion for consumers by using the mark? Arguably not if you're clearly not claiming to be endorsed by the company.

You would be taking a risk by using the mark, since you may have to stop using it in the future and even possibly pay damages. But, maybe you will decide that the reward outweighs the risk for you.

Best to consult with your own trademark/copyright attorney to see whether the Power Rangers people are maintaining trademarks that you might infringe. Also check out the terms of service of the web site (twitch) where you want to use the name, to make sure you're following their rules.

My advice and opinions here are general, and are not based on a complete set of facts and law that your attorney would need to research and assess. We don't have an attorney/client relationship. Good luck!

Marcos Garciaacosta agrees with this answer

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: It depends how uniquely associated with the characters the lighting symbol is.

If it is a generic graphic and the context is different so that there is no confusion, you may be ok.

CONSULT with an attorney to understand your risks.

THIS is not legal advise.

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