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Old 04-14-2012, 04:22
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Default Selling licensed inspired bows

I recently had the idea of selling bows for girls to wear on their Disney trip but my husband told me I could get in trouble. I just read an old thread about the topic and I decided not to sell Disney inspired bows but now I am wondering what others cartoons, characters or popular things I am not suppose to sell.
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Sports teams and colleges for sure. I had to get a license to sell OU clothes and bows. They mean business too. Pretty much all characters are copyrighted. Sports teams go as far as to have an implied copyright, so anytihng they see as being marketed towards their fans or alumnis is infringing on their copyright. Be careful!
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:12
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If you recognize a character/cartoon/"popular thing," 99.9% of the time it is copyrighted or trademarked.
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So how is it that Etsy and other online sites are flooded with character and sports stuff and the items aren't removed?
I highly doubt many of them have a license to sell that stuff.
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Sports teams and colleges for sure. I had to get a license to sell OU clothes and bows. They mean business too. Pretty much all characters are copyrighted. Sports teams go as far as to have an implied copyright, so anytihng they see as being marketed towards their fans or alumnis is infringing on their copyright. Be careful!
Do you have to give them a portion of your sales?
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Sports teams and colleges for sure. I had to get a license to sell OU clothes and bows. They mean business too. Pretty much all characters are copyrighted. Sports teams go as far as to have an implied copyright, so anytihng they see as being marketed towards their fans or alumnis is infringing on their copyright. Be careful!
Mind sharing how you go about getting a license from a team??
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Yea, I'm really confused about this. Like, if I buy lalaloopsy ribbon, I am assuming it's ok to use to make and sell bows with. Is that not the case??
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Yea, I'm really confused about this. Like, if I buy lalaloopsy ribbon, I am assuming it's ok to use to make and sell bows with. Is that not the case??
You can't use it. I had some angry bird ribbon bookmarks and Etsy pulled them saying Rovio contacted them. I also had Angry Birds bows on there and they didn't touch them??? I pulled them myself though. If you search Angry Birds or Mad Birds there is all kinds of stuff on Etsy though so I don't understand how they pick and choose??? It's not worth having my shop shut down though.
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You can't use it. I had some angry bird ribbon bookmarks and Etsy pulled them saying Rovio contacted them. I also had Angry Birds bows on there and they didn't touch them??? I pulled them myself though. If you search Angry Birds or Mad Birds there is all kinds of stuff on Etsy though so I don't understand how they pick and choose??? It's not worth having my shop shut down though.

So the bows they were ok with but not the bookmarks?? Silly
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So the bows they were ok with but not the bookmarks?? Silly

No I really don't think so. I've heard of people having licensed bows pulled too. I think they were just picking random stuff and didn't see my bows??? There is still a ton of Angry Bird items on Etsy so I really don't know how it's done......even in my email from them they said they couldn't answer questions about other sellers with the same items. I've heard of people with Minnie Mouse things being pulled and if you look there is a ton of Minnie Mouse on Etsy. Seems like there is no rhyme or reason. We're better off just not listing any of it but if they do pull it and contact you be sure not to relist it once you are already on their radar...I know they will close your shop.
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