Can I Print That?

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March 8, 2019
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Here are some answers to some questions regarding printable images.

When designing your t shirt there are many things to consider before you begin. Can I print that? Where can I find art that is not protected by copyright or trademark? Will I need to get permission to use certain images?

Here are a few a options of what is legal to use without any questions:

Images that are royalty free. You can find images such as these on websites such as ISO Republic, Pexels and Pixabay

Public domain images. These are images labeled for public use without modification when you use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo.

Custom designed art. This is the best art. You made it, so its all yours to use as you wish!  

Quotes. Be sure to use quotation marks and credit the person being quoted.

There are many things that should be considered off limits.

Logos and photos of sports teams, schools, movies, books games and bands.

TV, movie or comic characters

Trademarked company logos

Viral content such as memes

Copyrighted material such as song lyrics, or book passages

If you use an image that has been copyrighted or has a registered trademark this could lead to legal troubles. This could be a cease and desist notice or costly fines. No one wants that! It’s better to be safe than sorry, so be sure your artwork is ok to use. If you must use something you are unsure of, it’s best to contact the owner of the image and request to use it. If you get permission, great! If not, don’t use it and move on and find another route.

There is a difference between copyright and trademarks. Be sure you know what they are.

A Copyright protects literary and artistic works, such as books and videos. A trademark protects items that define a company brand, such as a slogan or logo.

Remember, if you have to ask yourself  “Can I print that?”, you should be sure you have answer before you doit!

Below are links for more information on trademarks and copywrited material

Trademarks

Copyright