I am sorry but I still don't understand this completely.The lawyer's language is a little above my level. So Hawk, feel free to remove this posting as you probably don't want to clutter this important thread.
What risk do we run here at RWA and other US centered boards that distribute complete models of current US prototype engines and repaints that use certain RSC shape files?
The TS2012 loading screen says only a few railroads, UP and BNSF for instance, as officially licensed. The NEC and Acela addons are marked as 'officially licenced' from Amtrak. Did Amtrak pay for their development and therefor has some form of "ownership", either propreitary or just intellectual?
So technically do we need to ask permission forn CSX or NS to apply their logo and colour scheme to our models? We might be asked to sign a certain agreement so as not to deface/discredit said companies? We might be asked a licensing fee? Then let's hope they don't find out about all the repaints available here, even if they are Fallen Flags, because the name and "flag" now belongs to NS or CSX?
So if I want to repaint a SW1500 in Union Railroad colours and would like to apply the company logo just to make my virtual and private
copy of P&LE look realistic I should apply in writing for permission? Private here being the key word, as I do not publicly display that unit and do not intend to sell it or any images with it or make use of it in any disproper way?
Since Union is only a small regional with a low profile it says nothing of the sort at their web adress: http://www.trstarinc.com/union/
? Parent Transtar has no such details up front on their web pages either. No doubt major high profile carriers and nationwide companies are different. Anybody care to find out and make that call and possibly raise a hornet's nest?