St Louis, MO asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Missouri

Q: Can I use the New Yorker logo on top of an original design on clothes to sell on Etsy? Other well known names?

What are the rules regarding using a copyrighted name for small business commerical use? I'd like to be able to put albums, song names, or use images from movies on clothing items - obviously with an original twist of my own, but I'd like to stay in business, too.

1 Lawyer Answer
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Senec, Slovakia

A: These are sort of complicated and not so easy to answer questions which would require more details from your side so we can provide you more case specific answers.

In general - you can not use copyrighted logos, names, designs and so on without the consent of the copyright owner in business. There are some exceptions, however these are mostly specific to certain country and case. Therefore I highly recommend you to seek intellectual property lawyer and provide him with more details about your case. Then he/she can provide you with your case-specific solution.

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