Can I use a company’s logo for a parody Web site?

Monday, January 12, 2009

If you use it properly, yes. Logos and other trademarked images can be used to create a parody, but you must be careful not to run afoul of trademark and copyright laws. If a logo is used for a parody, you must use only enough of the original to bring the original to the mind of the audience. Also, to avoid confusion, it must be used in a way that makes it clear it is parody and that it is not in any way associated with the actual company. In addition, the courts have been much more lenient toward parodies in which the main intent is expressive speech, not commercial gain.