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Re: Use of Bell Logo: Qwest? SBC?
19 Sep 2005 06:57:29 -0700

Verizon extensively uses its new colors and logo, but has the Bell
logo on the side of pay phone mounting. On its bill advertising
inserts, it has "Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania" in fine print
at the bottom." Even Bell in its last days abbreaviated that to "Bell
of Pennsylvania"

In the railroad world, hobbyists use logos on model trains and in
books. Most railroad companies make a tiny effort to preserve legacy
logo rights even though they don't use them in practice anymore. They
don't charge model makers, souvenir makers, or publishers royalty fees
for use.

However, the successor owner of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR
keystone logo) apparently let it lapse and a private entity snatched
it up. This entity then began to demand royalties from all model
makers and publishers. Since the Pennsy was a big well known
railroad, there are a great many books and models about it all using
the logo. Somehow the successor owner was able to get the rights

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