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Question Copyright Questions

I don't know if anyone else was wondering with this being such a minor thing, but in the manual there are the little 8-bit robots and what I would assume to be "The Boss." They end each section of the manual and are really cute. I was wondering if they are copyrighted because I would like to use them for button designs and maybe even in t-shirt design. I looked through the papers and it seems like the actual POWERup logo is available but found no information on the other things.
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I don't know if anyone else was wondering with this being such a minor thing, but in the manual there are the little 8-bit robots and what I would assume to be "The Boss." They end each section of the manual and are really cute. I was wondering if they are copyrighted because I would like to use them for button designs and maybe even in t-shirt design. I looked through the papers and it seems like the actual POWERup logo is available but found no information on the other things.
E-mail FIRST and ask for permission.
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Re: Copyright Questions

I would say that unless it is made available on the branding page, you'd have to assume that it is protected. Although, I would contact FIRST because they may be willing to make them available to you.
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Re: Copyright Questions

FIRST's "Policy on the Use of FIRSTŪ Trademarks and Copyrighted Materials" covers all copyrighted material related to the game. See policy at:
https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/UseofUSFIRSTandLEGOGroupTrademarksandCopyrightedMa terials.pdf

The relevant sections are as follows:
Section I, B (1): defines the scope of what copyrights are covered by the attached policy
Section II, 1: defines attribution, and notice requirements for "Currently registered FIRST teams and FIRST participants"
Section III: defines appropriate usage of FIRST intellectual property

According to the policy, you should be in the clear to use the copyrighted material with no notice to FIRST ASSUMING FIRST holds the copyright and is not licensing it; however, it is always safer to contact FIRST for an official stance.
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Re: Copyright Questions

The bottom of page 2 of the manual has this to say:

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Official FIRSTŪ Robotics Competition teams and Partners are permitted to make reproductions of this manual for team and Partner use only. Any use, reproduction, or duplication of this manual for purposes other than directly by the team or Partner as part of FIRSTŪ Robotics Competition participation is strictly prohibited without specific written permission from FIRST. This manual may not be re-hosted without specific written permission from FIRST.
So, if you're doing more than printing out a couple cute graphics for your team to admire, I'd recommend contacting FIRST to get permission.

(As an aside, I'm neither on a team, nor do I believe that I'm a "Partner"; I'm just a volunteer at events. This seems to be saying that "any use" of the manual by me, as I prepare to be a Referee, is "strictly prohibited". Lawyers say funny things sometimes. Even posting that quote here is "reproduction" or maybe "re-hosting", though I'm sure it falls under Fair Use.)
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(As an aside, I'm neither on a team, nor do I believe that I'm a "Partner"; I'm just a volunteer at events. This seems to be saying that "any use" of the manual by me, as I prepare to be a Referee, is "strictly prohibited". Lawyers say funny things sometimes. Even posting that quote here is "reproduction" or maybe "re-hosting", though I'm sure it falls under Fair Use.)
That's why you have to keep it subtle.
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Re: Copyright Questions

Thanks everyone for the help, we manged to contact FIRST and they answered our question.
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