Copyright of a competition designed logo

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Copyright of a competition designed logo

Post by RemyZero » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:07 pm


I recently entered a competition being run in my workplace (a local authority) to design a new logo, I won the competition and was duly given my first prize of 2 tickets to a far away destination.

Unfortunately, the airline went bust about 2 month later and I was left without a prize. I wrote to the Chief Executive and Chairman explaining that this was not fair, but they replied sorry, unlucky and by the way we're going to keep on using that nice logo because we now own it.

The logo was completely designed at home and I had the foresight to get it registered first before handing in my competition entry. They are now about to start putting the logo out and about in a rebranding exercise.

They are saying that because I entered the competition I immediately lost ownership of the logo, is this true? I feel I have been well and truely put over a barrell if this is the case, I feel that 'no prize' should equal 'no logo'.

Any advice you can give would be gratefully accepted, is there anything I can do or need to do?


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Post by CopyrightAid » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:38 am

By entering the competition, you would have agreed to and been bound by the terms of the competition. If the terms of the competition state that you agree to hand over your rights to the logo to the authority, then they will own it.

Nevertheless, the way they have acted is most unfair to you: If the airline went bust, then surely a cash alternative should be offered?
It seems to me that this is just the type of story that your local newspapers would be interested in. I suspect the revelation (or threat of revelation) to the press could be the more effective lever in this case.

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