OT: Using Windows Flag Logo
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Oct 30 14:11:03 CDT 2008
> Does anyone know about guidelines and permission for using the Windows flag
> logo on web sites and software downloads?
> Although its use is predominant, I am having difficulty finding much
> information about it. For use with software, Microsoft's web site lists logos
> only for "Works with Vista" and "Certified for Vista." At the same time, the
> web is blanketed with the flag only. What's happening here?
The Certified logos require a certification process, which can cost a
bit and I'm not sure how easy they are to comply with.
For the plain non-certification logo, yes, it's a registered trademark
so it's generally considered a good idea to seek permission.
That said, I've found it impossible to get a reply from their legal
department on this. :(
I've written a couple different addresses in their legal department
three times over six months, and after never getting a reply I
eventually just gave up.
I would happily comply with any cease-and-desist order they might send,
as is within their rights, but I suspect they won't bother. Thousands
of sites use the logo, and, as Richmond pointed out, as long as your use
of the logo promotes their brand in a positive way they'll probably
never take exception to it.
If I ever hear anything otherwise I'll share it here.
PS: Disclaimer required by CA state law: "I am not an attorney. If you
need the services of an attorney you should consult a qualified
professional in your area."
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