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pibbgirl
« on: February 28, 2006 10:53:55 AM »

Sorry if this was discussed before...I did a search and only came up with a bunch of sweater posts, something is goofy there.

Anyway so I made a bag that was a pretty good hit with family and friends (the ISU one in this link: ) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=70309.msg662345#msg662345
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But I was wondering if anyone knows if there would be any copyright issues for selling such a bag?  I am pretty sure its a no-no to use mascotts or the full name, but do schools have copyrights on their colors and abbreviations?  College or High School?

I want to sell them on etsy and it would be hard for me to ask each school sepretly because they would pretty much be a custom item to the buyers school...  Bad idea?

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2006 11:01:14 AM »


i dont quite know legally, but i think that if you make sweatshirts, or something else like that that they make/sell that would be a no-no, but if you made wristbands, or a ruched purse that would be okay, cos its different markets. this is not legal advice so if im wrong, im wrong, ok?
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2006 03:44:55 PM »

No one can claim a copyright on color combinations, but if you use names or other images used by teams, schools, etc. it's best to contact the school in question and just ask them if it's acceptable or not. Who knows, they might end up wanting to advertise you if they think your product raises awareness/spirit.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2006 10:39:37 AM »

Just a little bit of clarification--it would not be a copyright issue, but rather a trademark one.

Copyrights accrue to "works of authorship"-the typical painting or book, or software code, whereas trademarks are  rights that accrue to names, logos, other forms of identification.  You might want to check out the wiki entry for a little more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark#Fundamental_concepts

From my perspective, selling something that has a college's name looks to be a technical violation of that college's trademark rights.  Like CraftyChef said, it would be difficult to state or argue that the mere color combinations would be distinctive enough to become that college's trademark-but I'd stay away from advertising it as "an ISU bag" or using the college name, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2006 08:28:58 PM »

i have a similar question: i want to see some of my marble magnets on etsy, with some of them being soccer themed. is it alright to have a logo of a sports team? what about a famous person? logo of anything?

i know those might seem like stupid questions for veterans, but i am new & don't want to screw my first time on etsy up....thanks in advance!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2006 11:56:21 AM »

i have a similar question: i want to see some of my marble magnets on etsy, with some of them being soccer themed. is it alright to have a logo of a sports team? what about a famous person? logo of anything?

i know those might seem like stupid questions for veterans, but i am new & don't want to screw my first time on etsy up....thanks in advance!

from what i was told, as long as you don't sell something as, say, mickey mouse marble magnets, it is okay. for example, let's say you use mickey mouse stickers for the images behind the marbles. i was told you can sell them if you advertise them as marble magnets, complete with free mickey mouse stickers, or something similar. i'm not sure if this is true or not, just relaying what i was told. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2006 02:32:36 AM »


from what i was told, as long as you don't sell something as, say, mickey mouse marble magnets, it is okay. for example, let's say you use mickey mouse stickers for the images behind the marbles. i was told you can sell them if you advertise them as marble magnets, complete with free mickey mouse stickers, or something similar. i'm not sure if this is true or not, just relaying what i was told. Smiley
actually, if you buy something like mickey mouse stikers, as long as the skickers are from disney and are legal, you can resell them in any wayshape or form, if you mention that you bought the sdtickers from disney/used disney stickers...
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2006 01:57:30 PM »


actually, if you buy something like mickey mouse stikers, as long as the skickers are from disney and are legal, you can resell them in any wayshape or form, if you mention that you bought the sdtickers from disney/used disney stickers...
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that's good to know, and settles some of my worries too Smiley
thanks for the info.
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