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    Customer logos on my website

    Can I display customer logos on my website? Do I need to get explicit permission from my customers before using their logo?
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    You should always have permission -- posting a logo without asking is a great way to lose an ongoing client and one can only imagine the reference call if a prospect contacted them without them knowing.
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    I am not a lawyer, do not consider this legal advice:

    It can never hurt to get permission, but it is industry practice to show client logos in your portfolio and provide a link to them. A smart client will see how this actually benefits them (and you should explain why if they don't).

    I have never heard of a client disapproving of this, and it is absolutely within your rights to discuss your own work unless you're contractually obliged not to (though logo trademark could be a different issue).

    I write summaries of my work for my clients for my portfolio. A client once disapproved of what I wrote and asked me to change it. His tone was angry when we discussed it.

    I changed the summary per his wishes, and told him I'd be happy to add something more appropriate in his own words. I got a testimonial out of the issue.
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    I would get permission first. Many clients are touchy when it comes to their online reputations, and you don't want to give them any surprises.
    Shannon Brown
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