Trying to brand a clothing line
There isn't an automatic prohibition. A title alone is unlikely to be copyrightable because it's a short phrase. One phrase out of am entire movie may be too little to be substantially similar. But the title could be something else. A series could become pretty famous and serve as a trademark or someone else could have adopted it as mark. And even there, a trademark for one thing might not infringe a similar mark for something completely different. Retain a trademark lawyer and get a confidential opinion about the actual words.
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Depends on the movie title. "E.T." is a definite no. "Hard Candy" is a yes. "Braveheart" is a maybe. Some well-known movie titles are used by others to brand clothing. "Rocky" is an example. Only your own Virginia-licensed intellectual property attorney can evaluate your particular business plan. In private. Good luck.
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There may be issues of at least trademark infringement and trademark dilution, generally depending on the movie title.
For example, if you use Star Wars (trademarked) for a clothing line, you may be liable for at least trademark infringement and/or trademark dilution.
You should discuss with an intellectual property attorney in a private consultation.
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