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Copyright issue?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Slow n Steady, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Slow n Steady

    Slow n Steady Registered Member

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    Is it illegal to use a popular character name in a t shirt design?

    For example, "Super Mario, where it all started"

    We are using "Super Mario" which is a trademark. We are NOT using Super Mario image. Does that violate copyrights?

    Other examples : Barbie, Donkey Kong
     
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    Does that violate copyrights?

    yes
     
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    Names don't normally fall under copyright from what I understand, but they are trademarks, and using someone else's registered trademarks can get you into some trouble. It's a murky area, so it's a good idea to talk to a lawyer, but you can bet if you printed, for example, "Star Wars," on a shirt (even without their logo font/styling) Disney would be all over you.
     
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  4. Slow n Steady

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    Oh that's too bad :(

    But then how come TV Series/ Movies have these words in their scripts? For example in FRIENDS/The Big Bang Theory they always mention Star Wars/Various action figures etc?o_O

    Yes I understand a Lawyer would be the best person to answer this. I'm just trying to get an idea by other designers' experiences :)

    Thanks for the replies guys :)
     
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    Not 100% sure, but I'm pretty positive there are legal teams behind the scenes working out deals to ensure any mention of trademarked names are cleared with the owners, they may even have to pay a fee unless the owner just wants free advertising. But I would be shocked if they just did whatever they wanted and hoped for the best (not getting sued) lol
     
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  6. Slow n Steady

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    Good point! :) I don't want to get into any trouble :D
     
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