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A logo is a graphical element in the form of ideogram, symbol, emblem, icon or sign uniquely set and arranged representing a trademark or commercial brand.  A logo’s design represents the company’s commercial brand or academic entity.  A logo is subject to protection under the Copyright Act of 1976.  However, the elements of a logo must be selected, coordinated, and arranged in such a way as to render the work original.  If a logo’s shape, colors, fonts, and images are similar to others in a similar market it may would amount to infringement of copyright.  Logos are also used to identify organizations and other non-commercial entities.  Even though a logo contains several public domain elements that are not protectable, the logo in its fullness is entitled to copyright protection as original.

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