What are the legal considerations of using trademarks in security training material?
posted 3 years ago
I am developing an application that will function for computer security training, specifically for awareness of scams and phishing. As part of this, I intend to use a series of well-known company brand names and trademarks in order to create examples and demos that the user can relate to. For instance, I may demonstrate how a scammer can use a slightly altered domain name in order to create a convincing scam website, with the goal of educating users of this risk. As far as I can tell, the use of company brand names and trademarks for this purpose is considered a transformative use, which would therefore be protected under copyright fair use.
What would be the legality of this, and are there any risks or mitigations that I haven't considered? I am based in the UK.