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Gordon Eliot Reade

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posted 06-15-2015 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Eliot Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Eliot Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the Apollo mission patches both the approved ones and the rejected ones in the public domain? Could they be published in a magazine without concern for copyright infringements?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-15-2015 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's statement regarding all of its missions emblems is as follows:
Their reproduction in any form other than in news, information and education media is not authorized without approval.
So long as the magazine's use of the official emblems is for news or information purposes, then the emblems can be reproduced without further NASA permission.

Any draft art remains the copyright of the artist and permission should be obtained (outside of what falls under fair use).


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posted 06-15-2015 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is some more information to the point:

Via Electronic Code of Federal Regulations [.gov]

ยง 1221.112 Use of the NASA Program Identifiers

  1. Official NASA Program Identifiers will be restricted to the uses set forth in this section and to such other uses as the Associate Administrator for Public Affairs may specifically approve.
  2. Specific approval is given for the following uses:
    1. Use of exact reproductions of a badge in the form of a patch made of cloth or other material, or a decal, or a gummed sticker on articles of wearing apparel and personal property items; and
    2. Use of exact renderings of a badge on a coin, medal, plaque, or other commemorative souvenirs.
  3. The manufacture and sale or free distribution of identifiers for the uses approved or that may be approved under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section are authorized.
  4. Portrayal of an exact reproduction of a badge in conjunction with the advertising of any product or service will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Administrator for Public Affairs.
  5. The manufacture, sale, or use of any colorable imitation of the design of an official NASA Program Identifier will not be approved.

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