It's come to our attention that California "retail boutique" Primitive Shoes - owned by professional skateboarder and thesp Paul Rodriguez Jr, aka "P-Rod" - has been playing it a bit free and easy with our beloved El Reg Vulture logo: The Register logo seen on Primitive Shoes t-shirt Ahem. Much as we'd like to raise a red cup …
In order to have a case...
You'd have to do away with the abomination of a site redesign and go back to the old logo.
(Well, it's worth a shot, right?)
Perhaps you should read all the comments before posting.
RE: Passing off
Makes no matter. If you own a trademark and you do not vigorously defend it's misuse then you risk having your trademark diluted and rendered effectively in the public domain.
Look at "Hoover". Although Hoover are just one manufacturer of vacuum cleaners the word "Hoover" has now come to mean vacuum cleaner and due to Hoover (the company) turning a blind eye to this they are no longer able to prevent people using "Hoover" in this way. It is quite legally acceptable for Dyson (say) to refer to their latest model as the best Hoover around.
Take Rolls-Royce as an example. If you refer to your product as the "Rolls-Royce" of whatever your product does you can expect a snarky letter from RR's lawyers requiring you to cease and desist - no matter what your product is.
Long story short - if you don't defend your trademarks you lose them.
i'll be sure to buy a few shirts now before they hit ebay.
Sue sue sue em!
Sue, sue, sue, sue, sue em! ...blatant copyright infringement!!!
So many lawyers
I had no idea that so many lawyers have taken a second career as IT specialists...
Mine is the $700 Persian wool on the end...
Send their ISP a takedown notice!
Idly trawling through the regs catalogue I find this: http://www.cashandcarrion.co.uk/images/pure_reg/pure_reg_Hacker_black.png. Tsk Tsk.
IP Lawyers and IT Pros
It is actually quite common for IP lawyers to be into IT. It is understandable if you think about how may tech patents are approved each year.
Bunch of whingers
The buzzard clearly resembles on that Warner Brothers used in old Bugs Bunny cartoons back in the 40's or 50's. You need a really old git to remember that (and here I am).
Give them a medal
They have scavenged an old El Reg logo.
They are "world class scavengers", this is just to perfect, El Reg should be honored.
would like to pick the corpse of both el Reg and P-rod over the blatant usage of a badly drawn simile of its likeness without its written consent ...
mine's the one drenched in vulture repellant
Boy are you guys dumb
This design is obviously stolen from the alternate universe web mag "Retsiger Eht.- dedicated to feeding the hand that bites TI"
@I would say his is significantly different from your's
If el reg got the RIAA Lawyers, then they would sue the readers for doenloading a copy to their computers, and the sue anyone that has anything resembing a bird/animal/any other thing they can think to tag on in their logo
if you /must/ use Google Images...
if you /must/ use Google Images in your designs, at least redraw them!
My 'Arm The Whales' gear at CafePress was based on perusing Google Images to get an idea of what shape looked good, hand-drawing a combination of the best couple of examples I found, scanning it back in and then GIMPing it back to life and more. IANAL but I am pretty sure I have created original work inspired by others rather than duplicating. Maybe I should offer my services.
This is an atrocity...
crime against not only el Reg, but humanity itself... $25.99 for a god damned tee shirt.. and it's only original IP is the fucking tag with a stylized P on it.
WTF is wrong with the people who buy stuff from this business?!?!
Where did El Reg nick it from originally?
PWN the little shitheads.
Go for it! We want to see them bleed.
But what if???
What if he was using it first? Is El Reg going to have to find a New logo?
At least change it a bit...
You're ranking #1 on Google images for "vulture logo" so this is one fucking lazy designer
God'll 'ave you lot
You nicked it off him in the first place! Bloody hypocrites.
Logos want to be free!
He probably got it in a Torrent.
This happens a lot
Oh, the irony
Day in, day out, El Reg stands up for those who choose to pirate software, films, etc.
Then one day someone steals their logo - and El Reg respond with legal threats.
The thieving bastard!
Get in his system and replace the logo with one of Gordon Brown's head!! That'll soon stop sales!
@AC, "oh the irony"
Erm, do you actually *read* El Reg? When did El Reg last do that? Last I heard, it was all about ridiculing TPB et al. Whilst also ridiculing the majors for failing to provide alternatives, to be sure, but that doesn't equate to standing up for piracy.
I know our colonial cousins don't usually 'do' irony, but could a scavenged logo be deliberate for the 'world class scavengers'?
I can't find ANY resemblance!
Ask me again when I'm pissed!
sorry not infringing
Hi, vulture eyes are different, they changed the logo enough, black with different red eyes.
So what I want to know is this. . .
Will it blend?
/Ok painkillers and muscle relaxers kicking in that was lame.
Sorry about the second comment
Kind of surprised no one noticed the logo on the pocket.
Appears to me they only flipped it once for the banner.
/Sue em always thought skaters were morons anyway.
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