Is this a real problem, Greg? On the bigger scale, I mean?
And conversely, I'd like to hear someone knowledgeable on the issue weigh in on when there is a solid black piece of tape over the Marshall (or any other) logo, whether it be live, on a concert video, music video...
I imagine there are unique circumstances (eg the band is boycotting or some issue between the brand and label, whatever). So I'm interested to hear about these as well as general issues.
This.That's usually a licensing thing, and not so much the "band hates Brand X". You'll often see live events sponsored by a brand, or a backline provided by a certain brand, so all other brands must be blacked out for TV coverage. I've seen lots of stuff with an Orange backline, but if you use Marshalls, you need to tape over it for the TV feed. Or that "Rock Gods" thing recently was sponsored by Randall, and the Randall logo was everywhere. Marshall and Vox guys had to blank out their logos. That was dumb because everyone knows Marshalls and Vox are way way way better than anything Randall makes.
Can't you just photoshop out the logo and get on with your life?Thanks for the replies
Well my picture was a Marshall half stack with a guitar propped on it and a baby sat in front of it in shades. The Marshall logos are very noticeable on it so guess I'll probably have to choose a new cover.
I did email Marshall the same day as I started this thread but haven't received a reply.
I'd prefer to use the real logo as I'm not a fan of seeing an obvious Marshall with a different name on or no name at all.
I guess I'll try and contact them again as I'd rather get their permission and I'll even pay a fee as long as its not crazy amounts.
I'll update back here if I sort it out so that other people know what to do
Why don't you call a lawyer if it's that important to you to have a "Marshall" on your album cover?
I'll see if I get a reply from them, then if not I'll design a different cover. I just liked the cover I made that's all and it just happened to feature my Marshall half stack. Could have just as easily been my fender amp on there, just the Marshall was out that day.
If they can't even be bothered to reply, don't really want to "advertise" them anyway!