For Non-Commercial Web Sites
We at geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG, the manufacturer of the PLAYMOBIL® family of products, are excited and honoured that many fans and enthusiasts around the world want to share with others information, ideas and their own experiences with respect to the PLAYMOBIL® family of products. As the Internet has developed into an international showcase where anyone can open up his or her computer to the world in the form of a personal web page, we have developed the following guidelines to ensure that any and all uses by fans and enthusiasts of the trademarks and copyrights associated with our products protects and respects our trademarks and copyrights, as well as our other fans and enthusiasts, who are children of all ages.
It is difficult to set up precise guidelines for our fans and enthusiasts around the world. As a beginning, however, we have established the following basic principles:
- The trust that consumers have in PLAYMOBIL® products and their quality cannot be harmed or compromised by any use of PLAYMOBIL® trademarks or copyrighted materials.
- Children will not be exposed to harmful or offensive content on a web site.
- The web site will not depict any violence that is inappropriate for children under 5.
- The web site will not discriminate or appear to discriminate against any person because of age, race, sex or religion.
On this basis, we have established the following guidelines and requirements for non-commercial web sites that use any of our trademarks or copyrighted materials.
A trademark is a word, image or slogan used to identify the products or services coming from a company. There are several trademarks which are used to identify our products and services, including but not limited to PLAYMOBIL®, PLAYMOBIL® 1.2.3, PLAYMOBIL® RC TRAIN and PLAYMOBIL® FUNPARK. We have taken steps to register these trademarks in countries around the world to ensure that the use of these trademarks identifies authentic PLAYMOBIL® products made in accordance with our standards of quality. We will allow fans and enthusiasts to use certain of the PLAYMOBIL® trademarks on web sites, only for non-commercial purposes. This means that no PLAYMOBIL® products or services are to be offered for sale, lease or rent on those web sites, and those web sites may not contain or offer links to any other web sites where PLAYMOBIL® products or services are offered for sale, lease or rent, other than web sites operated by geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG or its affiliates (such as www.playmobil.co.uk or www.playmobil.com).
No use is to be made of the stylised PLAYMOBIL® trademark, which is the logo form appearing at the beginning of this document, nor of any head from a PLAYMOBIL® figure separate from the rest of the product.
The word PLAYMOBIL® may be used, provided that the "®" symbol or "(R)" appears next to the word. The word PLAYMOBIL® should not be used as a noun, such as "Here is the PLAYMOBIL®," but rather should appear as an adjective, such as "Here is the PLAYMOBIL® figure." The appearance of the PLAYMOBIL® trademarks must be consistent with the other text in typeface and size. We prefer that the PLAYMOBIL® trademark appear in all capitals, but do not require you to do so.
Any use of the PLAYMOBIL® trademarks must be clearly identified as referring to authentic PLAYMOBIL® products, and must not indicate or imply that the web site is sponsored, authorised or otherwise approved by geobra Brandstätter or its affiliated companies. Use of PLAYMOBIL® trademarks in a large size at the top of a web page would give such an improper impression and we must forbid you from doing so.
A copyright is the right to control the copying of a creative original work, including the creation of derivative works, or works which are based on an original work. All of our products, packaging, instruction sheets and promotional materials are protected by copyright laws around the world. Copying, scanning, distributing and displaying these materials in print or on a web site would infringe our rights. However, for non-commercial purposes and in a limited manner, we will grant permission, upon request, for scanning and copying our copyrighted materials for display on a web site. To request such permission, please complete the form available at www.playmobil.online/copyright_approval, and send it to us by fax to +49-911-9666-120.
Reproduction of catalogues or of instruction sheets is prohibited.
Any use of PLAYMOBIL® copyrighted materials must be clearly identified as referring to authentic PLAYMOBIL® products, and must not indicate or imply that the web site is sponsored, authorised or otherwise approved by geobra Brandstätter or its affiliated companies.
Internet Domain Names
Internet domain names, specifically the portion which usually appears between "www." and the top level domain, such as ".com", ".net", ".org" or ".co.uk have rapidly become a way for people to find information on the Internet about companies or products. Please refrain from registering and/or using the PLAYMOBIL® trademarks as part of an Internet domain name. Such a use creates the impression that the web site is associated with or affiliated with our company or an actual PLAYMOBIL® web site, such as www.playmobil.co.uk or www.playmobil.com. We prohibit the use of any of our trademarks or copyrighted materials on any web site with a domain name that includes "playmobil" or any of our trademarks. If anyone registers such a domain name, we reserve the right to take appropriate steps to compel transfer of that domain name to geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG.
Any web site using any PLAYMOBIL® trademarks or PLAYMOBIL® copyrighted materials, must provide a disclaimer, or written statement which clearly states that the web site is not sponsored, authorised or otherwise approved by geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG or its affiliated companies, and that neither geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG nor its affiliated companies is responsible for any content appearing on such a web site. The disclaimer should appear on the first page of the web site and should also be available by a link on other pages.
A sample disclaimer you could use is:
This web site is not owned, operated, sponsored or authorised by geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG. geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG does not endorse, and is not responsible for, this web site or any information or links contained herein; makes no express or implied warranties with regard to any information or links on this web site or any other linked web sites; and is not bound by any statements made on this web site, or by those who own or operate this web site. The trademarks PLAYMOBIL®, PLAYMOBIL® 1.2.3, PLAYMOBIL® RC TRAIN and PLAYMOBIL® FUNPARK and the copyrighted images of PLAYMOBIL® products are the sole and exclusive property of geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG, which reserves all rights therein.
Even if you abide by all of these guidelines (as we hope you do), we cannot be responsible for your web site, or be bound by any statements made on your web site.
PLAYMOBIL® News and Information
From time to time, we will distribute news or information about new PLAYMOBIL® products, events or services. This information may be posted on our web site or may appear in printed publications. We plan the distribution of this news and information carefully, and cannot allow rumours or non-public information to be distributed by people "trying to spread the word out." Please respect our plans and our right to keep information private until we are ready to tell the world.
A Final Note
We thank you for your anticipated cooperation in abiding by these guidelines. At the same time, however, we reserve the right to withdraw permission to use our trademarks and copyrighted materials on any web site that violates these guidelines. The Internet provides a great new opportunity for instantaneous worldwide communication that allows everyone's voice to be heard. Because the Internet is an evolving mode of international communication, we may find it necessary to modify these guidelines from time to time. While you may think that the guidelines restrict your ability to post whatever you want on a web site, please remember that we are trying to make sure that every child's experience with our PLAYMOBIL® products is a pleasant one.
geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG