Last week I wrote about the ongoing copyright drama American Airlines is experiening.
Thus far, the U.S. Copyright Office has refused to provide AA copyright protection for its logo. While the office primarily cites the lack of “creativity” in the design as the reason for its denial, it also points to the widespread use of birds by other airlines in their logos, calling birds “a very common design choice for an airline logo.” Thus, the AA design “does not propel the design into the range of copyrightability.” Don’t you love the use of the word propel and range? The Copyright Office was clearly having some fun with this.
To prove its point, the Copyright Office offered this site as evidence of how commonplace bird logos are. I love airline logos and think the compilation of logos below is a great example of a commonality that runs through so many airlines around the world. Some airlines are now defunct, but most below are still operating. All use birds in their logos:
AeromexicoAir AlgérieAir GabonAir JamaicaAir MauritiusAir SiamAmerican Airlines
Garuda IndonesiaIraqi AirwaysJALKuwait Airways
Lloyd Aeroe Boliviano
Piedmont AirlinesPresidential AirwaysSingapore Airlines
TACA AirlinesTAM AirlinesTame Airlines
Tarom Romanian Air Transport Trans Mediterranean AirwaysTurkish Airlines Zambia Airways
A Few More Additions
That’s a great list: I’d just add four more.
LOT Polish Airlines
Any other airline bird logos that I am missing? Is the AA logo special?