A good rule of thumb when it comes to this area is that if you have to question it you probably shouldn't do it.just_me said:What about short quotes? Say John Doe said "xxxxxxxxx" and you design a t-shirt that has the quote on the back "xxxxxxxxx" -john doe (giving credit). Or what if it's a sentence or two quote from a book (one that's all over the internet as it is) but you give credit to the person who wrote it. Doe wrote this in his book "xxxxxxxxxx" and you put "xxxxxxxxxx" on a t-shirt with -john doe (giving credit). Is it a copyright infringement? Just not sure what they mean by phrase. Could mean several things.
The best answer for this is "Talk to a lawyer". I know it's probably not what you want to hear, but it makes the most sense.What about short quotes? Say John Doe said "xxxxxxxxx" and you design a t-shirt that has the quote on the back "xxxxxxxxx" -john doe (giving credit). Or what if it's a sentence or two quote from a book (one that's all over the internet as it is) but you give credit to the person who wrote it.
Rodney said:Even if 20 people in this forum tell you it's ok to use it (not saying that it is), if you get sued for using it, you're probably going to need a lawyer to defend your case.
lolmonkeylantern said:I was planning on using Solmu if I get sued. I like to think of him as a paralegal.
As you say, registering is the easy part.RAHchills said:Thoughts?
If you didn't create the song title / quote / image / insert-intellectual-property-you-want-to-use-here, then the general rule is that you have to get permission before you are allowed to use it.How about song titles? What if this is on your t-shirt:
Not sure of the legalities of a cover band making money playing other peoples songs. Could be there are problems with that as well, but they may have deals worked out or it may be less enforced.Example...a cover band can charge admission to an event and basically make a living off playing other peoples songs. If you take phrase out of a song and print it and sell the print you are in violation. Is this correct?
I know I should... I guess that before I got spun up on certain topics (like copyrights) I had this idea in my head about how it all worked. Paying for a copyright equals protection, right? Now I think I have a better understanding of how it does and doesn't offer protection. So I just needed to vent about it...Solmu said:The important thing is that registering isn't expensive, so you might as well do it. You can worry about why you did it afterward