DVD Logo?

MichaelS wrote on 9/21/2004, 8:46 PM
Granted, the DVD logo that we all would love to freely put on our DVD+/-R's is copyrighted material and not acceptable for this purpose.

Is there a good looking, generic black and white logo that looks similar, but retains its own identity and could be freely used on burned DVD's.

I produce a lot of short run corporate material. When the disk is handed to a user, a nice logo that would immediately identify the disk as a DVD would be great.

Any ideas?


bStro wrote on 9/22/2004, 7:36 AM
I believe you're allowed to use the DVD-R logo. Just do a Google image search for DVD-R.

Someone confirm or deny, please.

ScottW wrote on 9/22/2004, 7:56 AM
It's a trademark. You cannot just use it without permission.

more info at: http://www.dvdfllc.co.jp/dvdlogo.htm

Most folks just create something that looks similar but that cannot be confused with the trademark.
Jsnkc wrote on 9/22/2004, 8:10 AM
This is one I made a long time ago for people that want some kind of DVD Logo on their discs even though you can't use the "official" logo.
You're free to use it on whatever you want, but large wads of cash are always welcomed :)

Mandk wrote on 9/22/2004, 8:15 AM
When I purchased the R200 printer I was surprised to find the disk design software included a number of DVD logos. They look official and are included as clip art with no warning from Epson. Makes you wonder
MichaelS wrote on 9/22/2004, 4:05 PM
Yeah...I saw the logos in the Epson software. They would work great, except I'm a bit skiddish about using them in the corporate world without an absolute "OK".

Jsnkc...I hope you don't mind if I help myself to your design. As soon as I make "large wads of money", I'll fax you some.

bowman01 wrote on 9/29/2004, 5:59 AM

of course these are all registered trademarks, but if u have permission, here is a good place to get them in EPS. in regards to identifying DVD, just use DVD-R or -+R in a bold sans serif font, an easy and safe way.
farss wrote on 9/29/2004, 6:08 AM
The reasons it's copyright is because it's use is to flag DVDs as meeting the DVD Forum specifications. Before you can use it your master I believe has to be checked by one of their certified labs and the replication done in an approved facility.
In other words unless it's a Hollywood epic you're replicating forget about it.
I too wonder how Epson get away with it, and not just the DVD logo either. They even include the Sony MD logo.
Spot|DSE wrote on 9/29/2004, 7:22 AM
Most every professional replicating house has a license to use this. But there is no legal way a desktop duplicator can legally use it for their burned DVDs.
I kinda think Epson and others get away with including it because they expect Mom and Pop's to be using it, rather than folks that are doing semi-pro and pro desktop editing.
B.Verlik wrote on 9/29/2004, 3:39 PM
I think Epson gets away with it because they very slightly made it different by making the disc part of the emblem, instead of having a hole, it says video. So it's not the exact same emblem. Very, very close though. Let me correct myself before somebody else does, I just found out that some of my DVDs have an emblem that looks exactly like the Epson one.
Dan Sherman wrote on 9/29/2004, 4:05 PM

Every thing you wanted to know about the DVD logo fro a UK perspecitive anyway.
Steve's right, the Epson logo differs, however slightly.