I’m looking to create some props, and as I started picking reference objects from around my house, one of the first questions I asked myself is “is it legal to reproduce the brand logo?”
So, my question is: does American copyright/trademark law have anything to say about recreating a (for example) “Kobalt” brand screwdriver with the Kobal trademark on it AND SELLING THAT IMAGE/MODEL? Is it explicitly allowed, disallowed, or undefined?
Keep in mind:
- I can say to myself “it’s prolly fine” just as well as you can. That’s not an interesting answer.
- I can say to myself “just change the logo a little” just as well as you can… that’s not an interesting answer either.
- I can make stuff up just as well as you can. Answers without some kind of reference to the real world are ALSO uninteresting.
- As professionals, it’s important to answer this question so that we can preserve the legitimacy of our craft by promoting ethical behavior and condemning shysters.