The Irony is Perhaps Too Thick To Cut With A Knife

by J. J. HUNSECKER · March 18, 2008

bear stearns [Logo Source: www.bearstearnsinvestors.com]

Is that a Bear Stearns Logo I see? Those of you who recently lost money in Bear Stearns stock may be tempted to join a class action suit or file your own securities fraud suit against the company. And some of you may have come upon this website bearstearnsinvestors.com, since they are advertising on Google under the search term "Bear Stearns".

But it would be my lay suggestion that you proceed with caution. Personally, when a law firm uses the copyrighted logo and trademark (in this case the Bear Stearns logo) of another company in their website, urging you to explore what legal remedies you may have against that said company, it is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Fair use rationale found on wikipedia of the Bear Stearns logo cites that it should not be used for profit, otherwise it may be copyright or trademark infringement.