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Elements from a book
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I have a client who wish to use a specific ornament from a book dated back to 1920 as his mark in his logo. My question is if I can just simply use this straight out of the book as my client wishes, or can I tell him that I will have to design a unique ornament inspired by the one in the book? I obviously prefer to design a unique mark!

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Well, if you design a unique mark, there will be no copyfight issues (I know there is a typo there, but I like it). An 89 year old mark should be out of copyright, but one can never be sure ... isn't Little House on the Prairie (the book) still under copyright.

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You should probably redraw it anyway, even if you don't make any changes. If you scan a tearsheet from a book that was almost certainly printed letterpress, it's going to look a little rough.

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Anything published before 1923 is out of copyright in the United States.

http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

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Looks like my client will be happy to hear this. As for me, I will probably make a unique mark as a first suggestion hehe. As well as redraw the original mark, and present this as a second suggestion.

Thanks guys!