Viola, WI asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Wisconsin

Q: Can I make and sell something that says Dirty Hands Clean Money, or is that illegal?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, the phrase "Dirty Hands Clean Money" is not inherently illegal. However, whether you can make and sell products with this phrase depends on the specific context and use. If the phrase is used in a way that implies illegal or unethical activities, it could potentially lead to legal issues.

It's important to consider the broader implications and associations of the phrase and how it might be interpreted by others. If there is any risk that the phrase could be construed as promoting or glorifying illegal activities, it could potentially lead to legal challenges, especially if it's used for commercial purposes.

To minimize potential legal risks, you should consult with an attorney who can provide guidance based on the specific details of your intended use and product. They can help you navigate the legal aspects and ensure that your use of the phrase complies with California law.

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