oibu wrote: ........... and a model railroad manufacturer must get rights to put a railroad's logo on an ho scale boxcar?
I'm not a lawyer, but I slept in ......
Put on your thinking cap & place yourself in the railroads position. Now, depending on how RR management looks at their logo there are a number of scenarios:
- We paid for the logo (either by internal or more $$$ external designers) and/or we value how our corporate logo appears to the public; and if we can recover some of our costs - so much the better. If the for-profit companies don't want to pay us for the rights - tough nuggies.
We don't need our company logo on some bleeped toy train.
Our logo/herald is our point of focus to the general public and we would like to have final say as to how it is used in other businesses.
Just imagine if you wanted to make a decal of Tinkerbell with the phrase "One poof & your problems are over" which will fit on a septic tanker truck 1:48 model. I don't think the Solvaset will be dry before you get a knock on your door.
Then again, this is not a model railroad thread - and there are valid legal issues that could arise and to be addressed if one would restore a 12"=1' artifact and a bonafide corporation holding the rights to copyrighted material would object.