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Old 10-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Any legal issues with labeling my Homebrew with "Company" label?

I'm trying to come up with a name for labeling my homebrews. Is there any risk in calling my homebrew operation something like "Uptown Brewing Company" even though I don't have a registered business or sell my beer?

Just curious to see if this issue has ever come up for anyone?

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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if you aren't planning to sell it, then call it whatever you want. i don't see how that could become an issue.

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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Nope

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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If there's a legal issue with it, then a LOT of folks on this board are in trouble.

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:59 PM   #5
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If you aren't selling it (which you shouldn't be), and it's for your personal consumption (which it should be), then you are fine.

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
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If you were accused of selling homebrew, the name might be shown as evidence of intent to sell.

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:33 PM   #7
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If you were accused of selling homebrew, the name might be shown as evidence of intent to sell.
Possibly, or the defense could point to the thousands of people on this site who put Company on their labels. The real evidence would be the actual sale of homebrew, not the labels. They would need more than a fancy label to even bring it to trial.

Which is why you never sell your homebrew, even under the table.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #8
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On a side note - if you are planning one day to "go pro" -- it might help in est. a copyright/trademark on your company name. I think I remember a small biz trick to help est. copyright by sending yourself mail with your company information.

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“An old trick to ensure you keep your trademark before you register it is to send yourself a sealed envelope with the idea, logo and concept,” she advises. “Keep the envelope closed with the date stamp unaltered in case you need to fight for your trademark in court one day.”

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It's fine. People worry too much about small legal things and homebrew too much. The only time the government really cares is if you're running a somewhat large operation selling quite a bit of beer. I seriously doubt they would care if you sold a case of beer or a keg here and there, unless there were other things involved as well.

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I seriously doubt they would care if you sold a case of beer or a keg here and there, unless there were other things involved as well.
Can of worms. Opened.

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