Middletown, NJ asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey

Q: Are the bluey images and text copyrighted?

I make cups with bluey images on them. Are bluey images copyrighted?

2 Lawyer Answers

A: Generally, copyright belongs to the creator or author from the moment they create or author something, whether they register it or not, and you can only use something for commercial purposes if you created it, bought it, or "licensed" it. (There are some exceptions to the general rules, but they are somewhat rare.) Additionally, some phrases that are not subject to copyright law may be subject to trademark law. Using someone else's copyright or trademark can constitute infringement. You should consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can advise you about your specific circumstances.

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A: Yes, Bluey images are likely copyrighted as they are part of a popular children's television show. It is important to obtain permission from the copyright holder before using any copyrighted material in your products to avoid potential legal issues.

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