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Offline Santini

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Use of CF badges on civilian clothing
« on: August 18, 2014, 17:18:03 »

After an unsuccessful search through the site, I was wondering what is the regulation (if any) on the use of CF badges in civilian clothing (baseball hats, t-shirts, jackets)?. More than to "walts"   :facepalm: to display support for a unit :yellow:; Is there any regulation on the commercial distribution of such items? (any "literature" I should check out?) Thank you again for sharing your hard earned knowledge.

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Re: Use of CF badges on civilian clothing
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 17:42:36 »
I believe you will find that all CF crests and badges are considered to be under copyright tl the Crown and as such any commercial use of them must be authorized.

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Re: Use of CF badges on civilian clothing
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 18:09:50 »
Almost everything is sold freely and openly online from a variety of manufacturers and distributors. I doubt that anything serious would result.

HOWEVER - wear one or more and expect somebody, somewhere, sometime to ask you where and when you served with that/those unit(s) and then take offence when you confess that you did not.

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Re: Use of CF badges on civilian clothing
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 18:20:14 »
As SL stated, the CF has copyright on all unit insignia and badges. The control is typically proxied to the CO\OC of the unit concerned. I have seen stock confiscated from people who had things produced without the consent of the unit involved.

If you want a unit ball cap or such, purchase it from an authorized store\ unit kit shop. However, heed Loachman's advice.
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Re: Use of CF badges on civilian clothing
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 19:42:38 »
With regard to DND taking action to protect against other profiting from intellectual property, this is the one case that I am aware of:

[Edited on September 26, 2011] [At the time of this writing, the Canadian Department of National Defense have fully succeeded at their war on unauthorized use of Canadian military insignia in North America. As a result, all my Canadian designs have been removed from each and every POD, just as I predicted would eventually happen. Regretfully, this blog became the only place where my Canadian military insignia can be seen and enjoyed.

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Re: Use of CF badges on civilian clothing
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 13:22:13 »


48. Under Section 419 of the Criminal Code of
Canada, everyone who, without lawful authority, the
proof of which lies upon him:

a. wears a uniform of the Canadian Forces, or
of any other navy, army, or air force, or a
uniform that is so similar to the uniform of
any of those forces that it is likely to be
mistaken therefore;

b. wears a distinctive mark relating to wounds
received, or service performed in war; wears
a military medal, ribbon, badge, chevron, or
any decoration or order that is awarded for
war services, or any imitation thereof; or
wears any mark or device or thing that is
likely to be mistaken for any such mark,
medal, ribbon, badge, chevron, decoration or
Hope that help

Edit: link to the section 419
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