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Hi guys I'm sort of new here. :confused:
Was looking around the forums and then I sort of chanced upon a question in my mind. Looked around the forum and it seems like the answers are all quite vague (grey area). Was wondering if someone could enlighten me :). Because I really have a lot of doubts. Thanks loads for taking a look at my thread and answering my question in advance.

Basically my question is that- all around the world, I'm sure people have heard/seen of the t-shirt design "I love(heart shape) NY". But What if someone took the design and changed 1 or 2 letters, and mass produced and sold it for profits. Like example "I love(heart shape) NA" , or "I love(heart shape) GY", With a totally new and different meaning behind it, Would it still be able to get you into trouble if the originator from "I love NY" sued you? :confused::confused: (considering that all the fonts design are similar but only one letter changes)

Also i came across some information telling me that it can be protected through trademark and not copyright(more confused):confused::confused::confused::confused:

Through my reading of the many threads, I found out this. which can be found from U.S. Copyright Office
What Is Not Protected by Copyright?

Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others:

  • Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (for example, choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches or performances that have not been written or recorded)
  • Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents
  • Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration
  • Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (for example: standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common sources)
So does this mean that the Change in lettering protects the guy from being sued by the originator of "I love NY"?
please solve this puzzle for me thanks loads :):):)
 

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