Example.a cliant wants a dallas cowboy wallet.if i just put(cowboy fan)with a star simular but not exactly the same with a helmet.is that illegal ?or just the word dallas..these are hand crafted,and hand art,carved into leather.
This is more a trademark question than a copyright question. But to answer it, if you are selling products that bear the famous logos of sports teams, you should expect trouble. That would likely be a violation of the NFL's trademarks and they would have the right to take action against you. Whether they actually would is uncertain, but I would not count on them overlooking it.
If the client wants such a wallet it needs to come from the Cowboys or from a source they have licensed to. The star in question is pretty distinctive and is either a registered mark or could be. Either way, what you propose is, in context, an infringement. Unless...you make the star so unrecognizable as their mark that your client would be object that is not a Cowboys star. Then it would be OK.
The only way around is to get permission from NFL Properties (in NYC), that controls all these logos.
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No, it's illegal. You might get away with a couple of these at a craft fair, but if you do it much expect trouble.
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Any time you try to profit by associating your products with famous sports franchises, celebrities or other famous products or trademarks, you are probably engaging in illegal conduct if you do so without permission from the trademark owner or celebrity. I am surprised about how many talented and seemingly bright people do not understand this simple concept. Our laws reward originality and creativity, not trying to make a cheap buck by creating a product that uses a logo or trademark made famous by others. My advice to you is to educate yourself about copyright and trademark law---including the reasons why as a matter of policy we reward originality and creativity, not people who attempt to glom on original works of others.
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