Intellectual Property and artwork mingling together can cause creatives and business owners to feel confused, and often can cause legal risk unknowingly. A client recently asked about the legality of including well-known organizations’ logos in an NFT collection of artwork. They referenced using a government entity logo in one piece. Here is how I responded:
When it comes to others’ intellectual property you must be cautious in your usage and do your homework, otherwise, you can put yourself or your company at a much higher risk. This particularly pertains to those intending on using others' copyrighted/trademarked information for commercial use, as referenced above for an NFT collection. When confused about the legality of your particular situation it is always best to seek legal counsel.
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