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« on: February 27, 2005 07:59:48 AM »

I want to open a website where I customise plain t-shirts with band names spelt out in felt, or with home-made transfers, along with other design elements.

If i state clearly on my website that the tops are unofficial, would I still be going against copyright laws? 

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2005 09:25:18 AM »

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/index.html

http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

http://www.cetus.org/fairindex.html

It's kind of a grey area where copyright is concerned.

1. Are the names you intend to use copyrighted? (Probably)

2. You're selling the Ts, so it would be for commercial, not educational purposes.

3. You're making and selling these Ts solely based on the draw of the band name, not parody or any other derivation of the copyrighted material. E.g. a pun or an art design.

Offhand, I'm not a lawyer and this opinion counts for little, but it sounds like copyright infringement. If you want to do this, I'd suggest getting a letter allowing permission for you to use the band names, otherwise I wouldn't risk selling the shirts.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2005 09:27:06 AM »

I know a guy who wanted to make Dave Matthews Band bracelets (similiar to the Lance Armstrong ones). He had to get permission from the band, otherwise he was told that he would be sued.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2005 10:18:27 AM »

Ack, that aint good Sad lol.  Thanks for ur help
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2005 02:53:00 AM »

Names (including band names) are not protected by copyright laws.  But they are probably trademarked, and if they are, it is not a good idea to annoy the trademark owners. 

www.copyright.gov
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