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Red Cross Trying To Shut Down My Website
Canadian Doctor Rating Website Logo Illegal?
dbdev




msg:3602982
 3:25 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I own and operate a Canadian doctor rating website which has grown at an extrememly rapid rate over the past 6 months and currently hovers around 35k visitors per month.

The Red Cross Of Canada has sent me a letter stating the site is in violation of Internation law regarding the red cross symbol and that legal action will commence if I don't cease and desist using the logo.

The site was designed by a subcontractor who perhaps wasn't aware of the infringement? As it turns out we are in violation here and no one can use the red cross symbol which obviously is a red cross on a white background.

Can I use a white cross with a red background then and call it a day?

 

Staffa




msg:3602992
 3:34 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

"a white cross with a red background" is the flag of Switzerland and the model for the Red Cross flag which is the inverted image.

rj87uk




msg:3603040
 4:31 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Why don't you just design a new logo - something different and call it yours?

akmac




msg:3603400
 9:54 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Elongate the horizontal arm on one side. The Finnish will probably leave you alone.

On second thought, best design your own.

jtara




msg:3604265
 5:23 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Go with the pole with the snakes. What's that called? I suppose there's some specific version that somebody has a trademark on, but otherwise I think it's a pretty generic symbol - like a barber pole for doctors. ;)

prfb




msg:3604334
 6:25 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

jtara - Good idea. Caduceus.
[en.wikipedia.org...]

And there's even a nice version released into public domain:
[en.wikipedia.org...]

dbdev




msg:3604371
 6:58 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

mint idea... thanks jtara and prfb for the link!

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