Tiffany Says "ok" To Tiffany Box Cakes

Business By Rachel5370 Updated 10 Aug 2010 , 7:32pm by Spectra

Rachel5370 Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 8:43pm
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Hi. I am the OP of the thread on copyright infringement in cake. I posted that I would update you guys on anything I found out, but the thread is locked. LOL, does that mean I'm in trouble? I have contacted several companies whose products/images are often replicated in cake. I am still awaiting replies from most but here is what Tiffany said in an email to me:

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Good Evening Ms. .....,

I received a response from the appropriate department in regards to your question. It is completely legal to create the Tiffany blue box cakes. The color Tiffany blue is copy righted, but if you are using a similar color and not the exact color, it is okay to create the cakes. You are not however allowed to use the Tiffany hallmark to decorate the cakes. I hope this answers your question and puts your mind at ease about being allowed to create the cakes. Good luck with your bakery! Please feel free to contact me with any further assistance.



I didn't post her name or contact info because I don't have permission. Thanks, Rachel

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sari66 Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 8:59pm
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That's good to hear and thanks for sharing the info.

cattycornercakes Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 9:11pm
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Wow...I was very curious about that one. Thanks for checking into it and letting us know!

Rachel5370 Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 9:17pm
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It could take awhile, but I have asked for the official policies of Louis Vuitton and Coach. I got a reply, but not an official statement, from Louis Vuitton- and they said there are no licensing opportunities available. That means don't do L.V purse cakes! I had a customer ask for one and I said I would do a purse cake, but not L.V. ~Rachel

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 9:40pm
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So we can't use the actual color or the logo? How is it any different from a generic gift box cake then?

Doug Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 9:44pm
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Originally Posted by Rose_N_Crantz

So we can't use the actual color or the logo? How is it any different from a generic gift box cake then?




denotatively --- it isn't

connotatively -- it is.

while it might not be an exact duplicate, it will create the impression of the original even so.

even as red, white & blue bunting isn't a flag, but conjures up images of flags and patriotism.

Spectra Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 10:48pm
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You can copyright a colour? icon_lol.gif

Doug Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 10:49pm
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the name of the color can be copyrighted and then tied to a service mark or trademark as part of what makes that mark unique.

minicuppie Posted 10 Aug 2010 , 2:34pm
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I don't get OK out of that email.
Very magnanimous to allow this, as if they are under the impression that the company holds the copyright on boxes with ribbons and bows.
What is the point of selling a "Tiffany" cake that is not the "Tiffany" color?
Is it just me or are my hormones on the warpath today?

cakeprof Posted 10 Aug 2010 , 2:52pm
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Originally Posted by minicuppie

I don't get OK out of that email.
Very magnanimous to allow this, as if they are under the impression that the company holds the copyright on boxes with ribbons and bows.
What is the point of selling a "Tiffany" cake that is not the "Tiffany" color?
Is it just me or are my hormones on the warpath today?




Well to be fair they are not "allowing" anything only explaining why it is you can make a "knock off" Tiffany box and not have to worry about infringing their copyrights or trademarks. Basically the reply is providing the same explanation for why it is legal to make designer knock offs. A person can make a knock off of a Coach bag (an actual bag not cake) but cannot use the Coach trademarks (which is why you will see them offset the C or use GG to give the impression of the trademark) and sell is as a "Coach replica." You are legally able to copy the look. Of course this is because fashion (and evidently Tiffany boxes) does not have protections associate with images, written documents, etc.

chassidyg Posted 10 Aug 2010 , 2:53pm
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Originally Posted by Spectra

You can copyright a colour? icon_lol.gif




My mom's a general manager for BK, and there blue is copyrighted. I had to do some painting at her store for her, and had to take a letter to the paint place they have the color stored with in order to get a can of it. I was laughing, I didnt think blue was that particular icon_smile.gif

Alfiesmom Posted 10 Aug 2010 , 3:09pm
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Chassidyg -- same thing with Valero Refinery's teal blue

minicuppie Posted 10 Aug 2010 , 7:12pm
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So it is not ok to make a "Tiffany" box and ribbon/bow cake.

Spectra Posted 10 Aug 2010 , 7:32pm
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Originally Posted by chassidyg

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spectra

You can copyright a colour? icon_lol.gif



My mom's a general manager for BK, and there blue is copyrighted. I had to do some painting at her store for her, and had to take a letter to the paint place they have the color stored with in order to get a can of it. I was laughing, I didnt think blue was that particular icon_smile.gif




Ahaha!! That's awesome! Too funny!

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