Are there any copyright/trademark lawyers on the forum? If so, could you please send me a personal message through the forum.
I am not a big one for lawyers, and DC has always been a website focused on being good internet citizens.
Today I saw something that put a knot in my throat.. A new startup company focused on micro-payments with a mascot that seems to be using the idea of our very own Cody as their mascot, a bird with a coin in its mouth
Perhaps if the company was doing somethign completely different than ours i wouldn't be so troubled, but the fact that they are also focused on microdonations really makes me think we have a problem here.
The website in question is: http://twitpay.me/p/intro
Their mascot logo:Are there any copyright/trademark lawyers on the forum? Issue with our mascot
You can see our mascot Cody, designed by Nick Pearson, all over the DC website since 2005, and of course follow the public thread where he was created here: http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=1093.0
I feel very strongly about Cody, he has been an integral part of our site for three years now, and this troubles me greatly.
It's true that their bird looks different from ours.. but it's the idea of a bird with coin in its mouth representing a mico-payment website that makes it seem like it would lead to confusion and would be a case of trademark/logo violation.
I also know that with such things if you don't assert your legal rights you open yourself up to such claims against you.
Anyway I don't want to have a public debate about the legal issues on this thread here, so i ask anyone with input to contact me directly via the forum. I'd appreciate suggestions of any sort. I've already emailed the company and asked to speak with a legal representative.
I will update everyone on this issue as it progresses. Hopefully their is a friendly solution.
However like i said i don't want to have a premature public discussion on the forum *yet* so i may lock this thread.. Eventually we will talk about it here as we do everything else.