Seattle, WA asked in Copyright and Trademark for Washington

Q: What is the process I would need to go through if I wanted to use a shirt with the wutang w (no text) to fundraise?

I run a smallish student organization at my university and we are designing the shirts to sell at an upcoming fundraiser. One of our designs is very similar to the wu tang W logo without the text. The funds raised from the shirts would go back into the club.

Are we allowed to do this right away or do we need to get RZA's permission first just to be safe?

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Will Blackton
Will Blackton
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: You need to get permission to use copyrighted or trademarked images, if you want to avoid the risk of a lawsuit.

Your university probably employs an attorney who can help you obtain licensing rights, or at least advise you on how to do so.

However, someone who holds the rights to intellectual property assets must first find evidence of infringement before they sue. I cannot say how likely it is that holder to the rights of the Wu Tang "W" would ever hear about or see your university club's shirt.

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