Can I use quotes from famous people on T-shirts I am designing and selling for profit?
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The short answer is, as Attorney Ross notes, "maybe."
So long as the quote is not used as someone else's trademark and you do not offer an entire line of products with quotes from only one person, or a related few people, then, generally, the answer is "yes" you may sell a product adorned with someone else's quote. Unless a short quote is the "heart" of a larger work, comprises the entire work [such as a short poem], or is not, in fact, short, then the quote is not copyrightable. Which is why quotes are ROUTINELY used to adorn products sold by folks other than the person being quoted.
Speak with your own copyright attorney before you put your plan into action. Good luck.
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Yes - all of them. If a slogan is covered by copyright or trademark, either in the US or another country, you will need to get a license. The previous lawyers have answered this correctly.
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If you quote Elvis Presley on your shirts to sell and say "Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine." the Preseley Estate lawyers will sue most likely.
Put "It's The Real Thing" on shirt and sell it you will surely hear from lawyers for Coca Cola
Use "He loves me because I'm me." -Cinderella and Disney will take you to court for sure and you will lose because you lack the license and have no permission.
The best and smartest approach in these situations is to consult an intellectual property law attorney for advice
This question has been asked and answered dozens if not hundreds of times on Avvo. They answer is maybe. See the attached: quote from famous people avvo
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