Gainesville, VA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas

Q: If I make a polo shirt to sell online with company name, ie Chevy or American Express, is that copyright infringement ?

Or as long as I don’t use the same exact font or logo am I safe to make them?

2 Lawyer Answers
Andrew Zulieve Esq
Andrew Zulieve Esq
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Waldoboro, ME

A: Not likely a copyright infringement, but quite possibly an infringement of those companies' trademarks. More importantly, I imagine those trademarks would qualify as famous marks and likely registered with the U.S. Trademark Office. I think your venture carries some significant legal risks.

John Espinosa agrees with this answer

John Espinosa
John Espinosa
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A: This would be more like trademark infringement and dilution: http://cyber.harvard.edu/metaschool/fisher/domain/tm.htm#7

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