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Licensing

Who is to be contacted about licensing Grateful Dead logos/graphics?

Thanks.

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Dancing Bear

Hey Amy,
you have to check whether the image itself is trademarked. If it is not, then you can use it as is. If it SHOULD be trademarked, then change the image somewhat on your logo,and have someone paint your logo freehand ie: give the bear a bigger belly, have it doing a cartwheel, add a ball or some child's toy, a trumpet, put a hat or even shoes on the bear...you get the idea. and then it is your own original image (I think anyhow, can research this further though, just to be sure that I am not telling you crap)

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dancing bear

I can't remember exactly, but in Fayetteville, North Carolina (home of the 8nd Airborne Division) there was an auto painting (I think!) shop that had a dancing bear as its streetward sign.

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My best guess...

First off, Amy --I salute you on your choice of a professional path. I come from a line of teachers myself and hold them in the highest of regard, especially those involved in the education of the little ones. It's truly possible to save lives by getting them steered in a positive direction as soon as it can be done, so major thumbs up to you.

Regarding the naming thing, I would guess that you can, with a few obvious exceptions, call your business whatever you'd like (but of course I doubt that you'd see, for instance, an unlicensed Grateful Dead Auto Parts or a Terrapin Station Petting Zoo getting away with it for very long). I mean, upon whose intellectual property rights does the mere name "Dancing Bear" infringe?

As to logos, we're probably singing a different tune. If I started up a national chain of soda/ice cream parlors, there's probably not a lot that the Coca-Cola Company could do about me naming my shops "The Real Thing" --but I daresay they'd balk at my incorporating the duly trademarked Coke "ribbon" as part of my company logo, whether or not I asked in advance for their permission to use it.

It's just good corporate CYA practice. Suppose I had tainted product in my shops that was making people sick, and that it became a big local and national cable news story, replete with film crews and reporters parked outside of my storefronts --Coke's image would be damaged by association, and wrongly so, which is why they would have their lawyers fire off a cease-and-desist order within minutes of getting wind of what I was up to and why they'd never grant a request for permission if I bothered to ask in the first place.

It's in that vein, but I wish you the best of luck and salute you for doing as many others would not by asking for permission in advance.

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hi Amy!

Off the top of my head, I'm not sure, but I'll see if I can find out. Thanks for asking!

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Question Regarding GD Graphics/Logos

Hey all you sweet people! Im not sure if this is the right space to post a question of this sort but anywho. My name is Amy, and I have been a long time grateful dead fan, as well as a long time early childhood educator. Having started a family of our own recetly, my husband & I have decided to start a childcare center of our own. I struggled for a while about what to call it, and finally decided on The Dancing Bear Childcare Center. Id love to be able to use the GD dancing bear logo for our center, but Im not sure who to contact and how to go about doing this? I thought you might have some info. regarding this, and would be so grateful for any info. your willing to share!
Thanks so much & I look forward to hearing from you!
Amy Jane

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JGB archive

I'll pass the request along. There are a lot of enhancements in the queue, and this may already be on the list, but in case it's not, consider it added.

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Is there a way that you guys can add a JGB archive to this site?

Then we can also keep a running check of those we attended, as well as see the set lists and make comments.

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catching up here!

I looked for lama's post too - weird! it's just not there.

and as for the matchmaking topic....we'll get back to you!

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WHOA!

The out-of-order post bug resurfaces! Erik, the temporary answer to your question is in the response before the question itself. Don't ask...

lama, I'm clueless. I find no evidence of your post anywhere. Post it again, and if you're still having trouble speak up and we'll get the wizards on it.

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