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"Kindle" name use in postings

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Inactive Etsy Member 6:29 pm Sep 23, 2012 EDT
Hello,
I wondered if there is anyone knows if it is ok to use the name Kindle in postings on Etsy. I make accessories that can be used with the Kindle, but I do not know if you must be an authorized producer of Kindle accessories in order to use the name. Also, if the logo of the actual Kindle is visible in the pictures displaying my products, could there be any problems with that?
Thank you.

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I would check with Kindle to be sure, but the answer is more than likely yes.
Here is what Amazon have to say about it:

www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=surl_kindlebranduse?ie=UTF8&docI...
Don't use the logo. Don't make it sound like it's a product licensed and made under that trademark. I believe as long as you use the word like.. fits kindle, nook, google thingy it is ok. This is what the dreaded ebay has stated to make listings legally compliant.
You can use Kindle and Nook and iPad and iPhone and other brand names if you make accessories for these items.
I would check out the link Deborah posted. Seems Amazon has some clear guidelines.
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Inactive Etsy Member 8:16 pm Sep 23, 2012 EDT
Thank you everyone! I removed the name for now and will get a permission for the future ;)
What if you were to say, "...cover fits Tablets that are 7 in...." We have gotten into the habit of calling ours a Tablet. That way it would cover several name brands.
You are totally allowed to say that your cover fits a kindle or even call it a kindle cover.

What you can't do is in any way make it seem like you are affiliated with amazon or sell a similar tablet and call that a kindle, or use the amazon or kindle logos.
What Victoria says is absolutely right.

I contacted Amazon when I first began making Kindle sleeves, and that's what they told me. In fact, they seemed surprised that I'd even needed to ask. But better safe than sorry!

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