QLD Copyright or Trademark Issues - Sell Drawing of Trademarked Product?

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Fred F

7 May 2015
If I was to draw two realist style colour drawings of Coca-cola cans, one an intact can, one a half crushed can. Further, if these were done as exercises in drawing from life (an actual coke can) and were not intended to be disparaging in any way. If I then wanted to publicly display them (at a small art show) and sell them would I be infringing any copyright or trademark?

If I was infringing intellectual property law, would it just be a technical thing not actually worth worrying about because the real life consequences would be so small and unlikely to be exercised, or are any possible consequences actually worth pause?

Sarah J

Well-Known Member
16 July 2014
Melbourne, Victoria
Hi Fred F,

There would be no infringement of trademark since you will not be associating your art with the drinks of coca-cola in their industry (e.g. passing off your goods as their goods).

There may be an infringement of copyright, in that you used their logo (artistic work) without their consent or attribution.

You can take a read of some the following:
If you want more information, you can lodge an enquiry with the Arts Law Centre of Australia.


12 March 2015
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