Mentor, OH asked in Business Law for Ohio

Q: I am starting my own personalized puzzle business and am not sure about what images I can include in my puzzles.

Can I use school mascots and names? What about poems or popular quotes? If a person is on a local sports team (non professional, such as Little League), can I include their name in the puzzle? I have purchased my images from a website and have created templates, but if I want to personalize the puzzles more I am not sure what else I am able to use.

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Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
  • Ravenna, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: To a certain extent, it's going to depend on each item. Look for things that are in the public domain or attribution free. Otherwise you need to get authorization and/or pay to use trademarked or copyrighted materials.

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