I don't want to turn this into an IP forum but this is what I was talking about with fair use. I think everyone would agree the original idea came from Nintendo's Mario Kart. It's the difference between same and similar. This is why it's ok to do parodies and why everyone and their mom has a design with Mickey hands.Not necessarily on the stolen statement.@happenclothing Do not spend any money on legal until you have something worth protecting (money wise) and also have the money to hire an attorney for a drawn out legal fight. Also, everything you design is automatically protected under IP (Intellectual Property Law).
Also, like others have said, you should set up the business correctly upfront (LLC, C Corp., S Corp.) because you might have to file all this back paperwork, taxes and filings for dates you've been in business. Whether you wait or not, keep good records.
Basically, I want to correct this statement from above...
"I have seen to many people get their logos copied or yet alone stolen by another company.
Either they had nothing to protect ("fair use") or they couldn't afford a lawyer.
Anywhere here's a decent link (I didn't real all of it..)
I actually said that because a incident recently happen where I had to inform a another company local to me that someone had taken their TM logo and just flat out copied it.
It was actually a member who posted in here who tried to steal the logo and use it as a design.
Always protect your neck
Also, this proves my point that the piece of paper did nothing to protect them. All you can really do write a cease and desist letter or sue them. But if the big brands can't stop knockoffs then how can you? Anyway, everything you design has copyright protection (don't waste money on paperwork and lawyers).