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Red Cross Trying To Shut Down My Website

Canadian Doctor Rating Website Logo Illegal?

     
3:25 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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?

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

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"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.
4:31 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Why don't you just design a new logo - something different and call it yours?
9:54 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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

On second thought, best design your own.

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

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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. ;)
6:25 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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

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

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