I am thinking of using an old brand / logo
for gasoline, not in use since the 1950s. It's a very very obscure brand of gas. No trade***** *****sted in the database, probably too old to be listed there anyway. I feel relatively comfortable using it. I haven't researched copyright
. I'd use it for reproducing graphics for nostalgic gas pump restorations, maybe it could be used for other artwork use as well. Would it be of benefit to me to trademark
the logo? Often once a logo like this becomes visible others will copy it as well and use it too, most likely using the graphics I prepare from the obscure original material.
That's not the end of the world, but it might be nice if I was the only legit source because the graphic is killer. I doubt if I ever could buy the copyright from anyone, or even find who that would be. My assumption is since it's not my original artwork I can't copyright it, but I suppose I could alter it slightly but it's great as is.
Just curious if there's anything worth doing other than just use it and let me get copied.