Recently, just for the heck of it I decided to base my personal site partly on parodying my previous association with Geocities
- basically making fun of them as well as Yahoo!*.
Now, what this involves is basically using one of the slightly older Geocities images as part of my logo/title/banner/whatever. However, there is a difference
version of the image as opposed to Geocities' image (that is, there's a number of artistic differences between the two images).
What I'm concerned about is, I'm 90% sure Geocities trademarked the original image (I'm not totally sure and I need to check it - where can I check trademarked images again?
), so would I be technically breaking the law if I used a 'similar version' of the Geocities image as part of my site?
Note that my site is purely personal and will be nothing more than a spoof or parody and I have no intention of earning any profit from the site either, but I figured that I was better off being safe than sorry by asking first.
Any opinions appreciated. Thanks in advance.
P.S. If anyone wants to see the two images I'd be happy to upload them here.......
* - disclosure : I'm a YHOO shareholder