Poster Design Question

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  • Hi All!

    I'm hoping to design a poster for a wind ensemble that is playing West Side Story. I thought it would be cool to use the West Side Story logo (the one that says 'West Side Story' with the staircase on the right side of the stacked text) but replace the text of 'West Side Story' with 'Wind Symphony.' Is it legal to make a poster design that looks the same except for the different text or do you need a license of some sort to do that?

    Thanks for your help!

  • The poster artwork you're referring to is most likely protected by copyright, and there may be trademark considerations here as well. This post provides a good overview of these issues, how fair use may apply, and may aid you in making a decision on this.

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