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    simply creative is offline Junior Member
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    t-shirt sayings

    What is the name of your state? Wisconsin

    I would like to start printing and selling t-shirts with sayings I have seen elsewhere or found on the internet. Do I need to get permission from the author if no copywright or trademark logo is found? How do I make sure the saying is not copywrited? Is it safe to say it's free game if the slogan is changed a little or I add art work to make it a whole new t-shirt?
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    To search for registered patents and trademarks, you can go to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website and this site will direct you on how to search. [url]www.uspto.gov[/url]
    For a copyright search, go to [url]www.copyright.gov[/url].
    Even if there is no copyright or trademark on an item, it does not mean the item is not copyrighted or trademarked.
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    divgradcurl is offline Senior Member
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    Short phrases cannot be copyrighted, so you would need to be concerned with trademark. Since trademark rights areise through use in commerce, you can have trademark rights without registration as quincy noted.

    If you are going to be expending significant time, effort and finances into this venture, you may want to consult with an attorney, who can help you determine what you can and can't do.

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