Puyallup, WA asked in Copyright for Washington

Q: Can a fire dept. use an image based on Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy as their station logo? (FF's = Guardians)

I am Logistics Chief of a mid-sized fire department. To encourage camaraderie at the fire stations, personnel are encouraged to come up with a station logo / mascot. One station in particular at my department has a main response area that covers the "gate" of a major military base. They would like to use an image based on Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy morphed to look like a fire fighter (holding their tools & wearing fire fighter gear) as an emblem for their station t-shirts. Our department also allows the station logo to be printed in sticker-form and affixed to the rear of the fire engine. The caption under the image would read, "Guardians of the Gate". We certainly don't want to cause any trouble with Marvel.

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

A: You should ask nicely to Marvel. They may say yes.

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