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Can I use a book's title on my T-shirt?

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Hi Everyone!
I was wondering if I could legally put a book's title on my t-shirt. For instance, I saw a t-shirt with "The Bell Jar" on it (a famous book). Is that allowed?
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A lot will depend on how old the book is and whether it has passed into public domain. This guide will help, though not a sure indication: Digital Copyright Slider
Titles cannot be copyrighted (although some titles contain trademarked words, such as "The Hobbit", those are off-limits). However there is the possibility of the original title's owner suing with the claim that you're infringing on the book itself, not the title. It's a gray area.
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