Hey guys, I have a question which some of you might consider stupid but I'm going to ask it anyway.

I'm working on a design and I'd really like to have a bottle of coca cola incorporated into it with a foreign Coca Cola logo. Something like this:

I'm under no illusions that this is most likely illegal in terms of copyright, but I would like to know if it makes any difference whether my design is printed on a t-shirt, or printed as a poster. I did a bit of research on Andy Warhol's use of the coca cola bottle and it seems like he was able to use it because of a "fair use" law.

Just wondering what people thought about this, or whether you'd used a famous logo or similar in any of your designs/artworks.
  • William Henry

    The medium doesn't matter. You are using a copyrighted logo for commercial purposes. Thats not fair use, its illegal.
  • Obscure

    And also.... Coca-Cola couldn't be a bigger company with an even bigger team of lawyers so i wouldn't do it. Try Macdonalds...
  • Craig Robson

    is your design using the coke logo in a satirical way? is the coke can important to communicate the message?

    why not just use a coke style can? does it have to be THE coke can?
  • Sushilove

    the shape of the coca-cola bottle itself it's copyrighted...
  • bluchez

    The Olympic rings are also heavily defended by teams of lawyers, fwiw, in case that is the specific can you were wanting to use.
  • evolve or die

    Sushilove said:the shape of the coca-cola bottle itself it's copyrighted...

    even the "dynamic ribbon device" which I always found hilarious.

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