I'm currently trying to get permission to place various clients logos on a website, should I also ask for permission to place their logos into a image sprite together with other logos?
My reasons for concern stem a little deeper, because the various different clients could loosely be considered as competitors and the clients themselves may share that sentiment. The clients are all luxury retail outlets based in the UK, that's the most I can say. I have never heard of them being considered as competitors of each other, but I am aware that they have overlapping interests.
Additionally, by asking for permission to do this, I may bring something to their attention that they otherwise wouldn't have cared about.
On the flip side, a sprite sheet is just a technical means to an end, and no affiliations will be insinuated in their use together.
So will they have grounds to cause a stink if I don't inform them that I'm using their logo in this way, even after they've granted me permission to use it?
I know there aren't any/many lawyers here, I'm looking for a logical solution.