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Do T-shirt Sayings Have A Copyright Or Trade Mark?

Posted by Anonymous on 250 Points
I plan on starting a T-shirt co. Do I need to check out all popular sayings before I print and sell the T-shirt?
A friend said I do. An example she gave is that I probably could not put "You know your a Redneck when" on a t-shirt because it probably has a copyright on it.
If I do where would I go to find such a wide variety of sayings?

  • Posted on Accepted
    you don't need a copyright for any old saying...but if it's a known or published quote then you have to mention the name of whoever said it...but if it's just a conversational joke or colloquial saying then it won't be a problem...

    I started a t-shirt business for an entrepreneurial course back in college and just posted a bunch of sayings and phrases on them as long as it wasn't someone else's

    so many boys, so little time
    chick magnet
    punk rock is 99% attitude, 1%talent

    regarding the redneck sample, that's a kind of statement that is opinion-based so i guess you can definitely use it with no problem except maybe insulting said rednecks

  • Posted on Accepted
    you can put any saying except tag lines of companies for which necessary approvals need to be taken.sayings can be developed by you or visit the webside and type --quotations....
  • Posted by steven.alker on Accepted
    You can use someone elses trademark or copyright as long as you acknowledge it. Same principle as you would use if you published a leaflet.

    If you defame or debase a trademark, brand or copyright, then expect to hear from the lawyers.

    For example “Coke Sucks” ™ would probably be OK though Coca Cola wouldn’t like it. You have the 5th amendment in the USA and we have reasonable opinion in the UK.

    There are instances however where a trademark is registered for the exclusive use of Clothing. Bands, Sports teams and fashion labels fit into this category.

    Producing a T shirt which says “Gucci” would be unlikely to succeed, however, “I can’t believe it’s not Gucci” might just win the day.

    Best wishes – I love this kind of thing, even though I’m a strong advocate of protecting brands. I just can’t stand the anal way which some brand owners chase after their supposed monopoly of words, style and recently, for BP, even their house colour.

    Steve Alker
    Unimax Solutions

    PS If you can do me one with “SalesVision Sells” on it, I’ll give you 9 minutes and 34 seconds of free consultancy!!!!!!!

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