Is it illegal to make a door wreath with Crimson Tide or War Eagle ribbon I purchased with? 6 Answers as of July 16, 2013

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Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
If you are simply making a single door wreath for your personal use, I doubt that this will cause trouble for you. But if you want to use these ribbons to make a commercial product for profit, you will need a license from the owners of the trademarks and copyrights.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/16/2013
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
If you don't make anything of a scandalous nature or that paints them in a bad light AND you purchased the starting material from an authorized dealer AND you make it clear from your hang tags that the wreath came from your company and not the football team, - then you should be OK.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/16/2013
The Law Firm of P. Jeffrey Martin, LLC | P. Jeff Martin
Making a door wreath using trademarked ribbon (presuming you purchased the ribbon from an authorized seller) for your own personal use would be legal. The problem could arise where even after you purchased the ribbon, you then create a NEW product (wreath USING registered trademarked ribbon without trademark owner's permission) and start selling your new product. Under U.S. Federal Law, owners/rights holders of federally registered trademarks can sue others who use those marks without permission, when the use in question causes a "likelihood of confusion" to actual or potential customers.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 7/16/2013
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. | Ernie Linek
No. You made a legal purchase. You may use the ribbon any way you want.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 7/16/2013
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
If you are purchasing items with some intellectual property claim upon them (patent, trademark, copyright), you can do whatever you want with the items. However, if you want to sell your wreaths with these features to the general public, you may need permission from the IP owner.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 7/16/2013
    Law Office of Kirk Buhler
    Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
    As long as you purchased the Crimson Tide or War Eagle ribbon, as opposed to making the ribbon, you should be find because you paid for the licensing to use Crimson Tide or War Eagle when you purchased the ribbon. This assumes that the company that made the Crimson Tide or War Eagle ribbon was authorized to make the ribbon.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/15/2013
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