jkisha wrote:Maybe not. But the reason I'd be curious is that I'm nit sure it's a violation of use. There are lots of companies that give away products or services made by other companies as incentives, and often use the company's mark in their advertising. Banks giving away toasters is the first thing that comes to mind, but there are many others. I did a promotion where I was giving away copies of Microsoft Software and used their mark, as the software I was giving away was theirs and the mark identified it as an authentic product.
Sure, Microsoft didn't mind, but that was done with their tacit approval because companies like the free advertisement if it's in an acceptable context. If you were tossing around the Microsoft logo to help you advertise for some horse porn campaign they might send you a letter requesting you to disassociate yourself with their brand, or else face legal recourse for trademark infringement.
I would think if I were to have a promotion and the prize was burning man ticks that I bought and paid for, the use of their mark as proof of authenticity would be OK.
Just because you're using a product of BM as a marketing lure doesn't entitle you to abuse their logo and namesake for commercial exploitation, tickets in hand or not. Otherwise, any company could easily "give away" some product and plaster the product's company's logo all over their marketing media for whatever purpose giving the impression of endorsement and sponsorship. Unauthorized use is trademark infringement, and the owner of the trademark can legally force any violating party to have the trademark removed. This is why the BM logo was trademarked in the first place.