Drawings similar to well known products. Copyright problems?
I recently package and uploaded openclipart , an open clipart
library. The package has just been accepted by the ftpmasters and is now
I just received a bug report (#289764) from William Ballard about
problematic copyrighted pictures, that looks like similar to some well
known company products.
I should admit that I don't know anything about such copyright law,
however I think that as long it is just a drawing without any
copyrighted logo, it's not a problem.
Any lawyer there that have enough knowlegde to give an answer?
Below is a list of the images with comments for each of them, that has
been prepared by William Ballard:
-> Probably violates some Mobile phone company's copyrighted image
-> Looks a lot like a Nokia
-> Violates Duracell's copyrighted image
-> Violates Bic's copyrighted image
-> Might be copyrighted by the FreeMasons
-> The smiley-face logo is copyrighted by somebody.
-> He might have a case here. I don't know the precedents.
-> Is the rubik' cube image copyrighted?
hummer01.png through hummer07.png
-> Images of specific models of vehicles might be copyrighted
-> Pac-Man image might be copyrighted
-> This type of red wagon is made by a particular company
-> Its likeness may be copyrighted
All this images are available on http://temp.aurel32.net/openclipart
though it may be illegal to distribute them :)
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