• Can song titles & lyrics be used on t-shirt designs?

    Recently, we had a member ask about using song lyrics on shirts, after he ordered one of our custom t-shirt design packs. We weren’t entirely clear on the issue so did a bit of research on the subject. We certainly aren’t lawyers and don’t intend for this to be taken as legal advice. Still, we found a few helpful articles that may be helpful to other print-on-demand sellers interesting in using lyrics. From the post Are Song Titles & Lyrics Protected by Copyright or Trademark Law? at TheLaw.com: Song titles generally don’t fall within the protection of copyright law …

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  • Public Domain Works for Print on Demand Platforms

    We’ve been doing some research around public domain works and how these works are handled when it comes to intellectual property. As we’ve mentioned, we take trademark and copyright issues very seriously and have multiple checks in place. Recently, we came across a great site at TeachingCopyright.org. They have a page of FAQs when it comes to public domain works that’s well worth a read as it may help clarify a few things, as well as spark some ideas for new designs. There are three main categories of public domain works: Works that automatically enter the public domain upon creation, …

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  • Using expired patent applications for print-on-demand products

    Based on a recent question from a reader, we looked a bit into using elements from expired patents on print-on-demand designs. As usual with intellectual property, it’s a murky area. Here’s one take from Quora: Patent attorneys usually contract out drafting, which would make the copyright in the drawings the property of the drafter, not the inventor. Once the drafter completes the drawings, the attorney usually provides a numbering markup. So, now the attorney and drafter are co-authors. Unless, they are both employees of the inventor, this is not a work made for hire. To have subject matter jurisdiction for …

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  • What to do if a design gets rejected by Merch by Amazon

    Recently, we covered a bit about how we handle trademark and copyright issues when it comes to our own design and copy writing services. In that post, we mentioned that we are happy to help with any listing that gets rejected when using our design or copywriting service. This past week, we heard from a few members that had designs rejected where the problem wasn’t with anything we created, but we were happy to help anyway. We wanted to share our recommendations of what to do if a design gets rejected by Merch by Amazon. What to do if …

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  • How we handle copyright & trademark issues and design rejections

    Occasionally, we hear from members or prospective members with questions about various trademark issues and design rejections. Some are curious to know what we do to check our ready-to-upload designs. Once in a while, we hear from customers that have had designs rejected by Merch by Amazon. I wanted to fill everyone in about how we handle copyright & trademark issues and design rejections. First of all, we very much respect copyright and trademark laws. It’s important to both the copyright/trademark holder to not infringe on their work. Likewise, we recognize how important is to not put our members …

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