[thelist] RE: Putting registered trademarks in a template design (update)

Bob Boisvert webdad at tampabay.rr.com
Wed Jan 29 07:43:00 CST 2003

HI All,

Just thought I would update you on the trademark issue with the template
site. Below is an email from Marvel and what they had to say.

Dear Bob,
Thanks for sending the link.  Images of our characters are definitely not
public domain material and therefore definitely require a license for use.
We will definitely take action against this infringement.

Thank you for the information.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if I
could return the favor in some way.

Carol Platt
Director Intellectual Property
Marvel Enterprises, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Boisvert [mailto:webdad at tampabay.rr.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 8:08 AM
To: WDList
Subject: Putting registered trademarks in a template design

I just came across a site that is selling web site templates and in one of
the templates I've found something curious. It's curious to me because I'm a
comic book collector (or used to be) and one of the template designs has
incorporated Spider-man as a major part of its design. I know that
Spider-man is a trademark of Marvel Comics and to get to my question before
I ramble on, isn't it illegal to sell a trademark that isn't your own on a
website, this is essentially what is happening with this particular

Take a look: http://www.flinteldesign.com/templates_website.html about half
way down the page Item #1900


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