Originally Posted by Nitemare3219
This looks like old news based on their website postings.
Either way, whether they paid royalties to use FCA logos or not, I really don't give a damn. They were using them for aesthetic, brand promotion purposes for THE CUSTOMERS. It's not like they were making parts and claiming they were made by FCA to make a profit.
It may be old news but it's still active. The Feds move at their own speed.
It doesn't matter what BT's motives are and whether or not it's simply aesthetic, brand promotion purposes for the customers... the fact is they're putting copyright/trademarked logos on their products, selling them and making a profit on it.
Copyright/trademark infringement has become a pretty big deal over the last several years. BT claims they paid royalties to FCA... yet the Feds are pursuing BT on this and that wouldn't be happening if FCA hadn't filed a complaint about it.
Anything produced visually or in writing has an implied copyright whether it's marked that way or not... unless it specifically falls into or is placed in public domain by the photographer, artist or author.
Here's a classic example of being in public domain...
The person who took this picture worked for the Forest Service or US Fish & Wildlife Service (can't remember which) and he tried to copyright it. He couldn't because he was working and being paid by the taxpayers at the time he took it. That placed the picture in public domain and made it free to be used by anyone.