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November 22, 2017, 12:26:18 AM
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Since bitcoin isn't a company that might sue me for copyright or trademark, can I sell items with the bitcoin logo on them?  Same goes for all the others like Ethereum, litecoin, etc.  Does the fact that these are decentralized allow me to sell stuff using those names?
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November 22, 2017, 12:54:11 AM
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Not only no one is going to sue you, but you will help with the PR. Smiley

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November 22, 2017, 05:17:55 AM
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Since bitcoin isn't a company that might sue me for copyright or trademark, can I sell items with the bitcoin logo on them?  Same goes for all the others like Ethereum, litecoin, etc.  Does the fact that these are decentralized allow me to sell stuff using those names?

I am releasing a product soon where I had to research this as well.

It comes down to what the license the image(s) were released under, if they were created by a company.

While Bitcoin, Litecoin and various others have not had their logos copyrighted, as no one has legal authority to claim ownership of such images.

Ethereum and Dash have released their logos under various Creative Commons licenses. All of which allow you to:

"Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially."

According to the CC website:

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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November 22, 2017, 05:19:30 AM
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Since bitcoin isn't a company that might sue me for copyright or trademark, can I sell items with the bitcoin logo on them?  Same goes for all the others like Ethereum, litecoin, etc.  Does the fact that these are decentralized allow me to sell stuff using those names?

The Bitcoin logo is in public domain, you are free to do so legally. Same for Litecoin, I can't say for sure with Ethereum, but I would assume it is the same.

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December 19, 2017, 09:43:42 PM
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Reviving this thread, is there any cryptocurrency that is known to have a trademark or copyright on their logo?
I'm assuming 99% are free to use.
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December 19, 2017, 11:21:06 PM
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Reviving this thread, is there any cryptocurrency that is known to have a trademark or copyright on their logo?
I'm assuming 99% are free to use.

Frankly unless you plan on selling 10s of thousands of dollars of merchandise or more I wouldn't even worry about it. The chances of you getting sued are minimal even if by some small chance one of them is trademarked. They have to be able to afford to pay the lawyers with what they take from you after all...

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