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Subject: Red Cross symbol for Health rss

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Joel Hobbs
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I was wondering if anyone else has run into this issue.

I'm currently working on artwork for a board game, and I'm trying to brainstorm a health / HP symbol. I've heard that the Red Cross symbol is off limits...is this true?

I know it absolutely can be true, I just find it a bit ridiculous that an organization can claim all rights to what is essentially a red plus.

There are other options out there, but it's such a bold icon and screams "health" when you see it. Anyone have any trouble with this in the past?
 
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Jason D. Kingsley
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I imagine that you can't use the actual Red Cross logo, but you can't copyright a shape. Just design your own... do something a little different that communicates what you need. For example:

 
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Hearts are a great generic health symbol.
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hobbstarrunner wrote:
I've heard that the Red Cross symbol is off limits...is this true?

Yes. It's literally illegal under 18 USC 706. It's not a trademark issue or anything like that, it came out of the Geneva Convention. All signatory nations agreed to protect that insignia under their laws. Of course, the law doesn't really protect something as specific as a boardgame component. It really just prevents its usage as part of company or product logos/insignias. Most things I've seen, like first aid kits, have gone to a green cross.
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Joel Hobbs
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Thanks guys! I'll see what I can do.
 
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Here was my solution to foreign aid workers for the RAGE ccg Hellcats expansion. I just used all the usual international symbols and made up my own design.
 
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