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Copyright of Designs - New T-Shirt Business

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property Law Forum' started by Mary S, 27 April 2014.

  1. Mary S

    Mary S Member

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    Hi, I am planning to start t-shirt business. How will I know if my designs are already under copyright?

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  2. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

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    Hi Mary S,
    The Australian Copyright Council has an excellent information sheet on t-shirt copyright issues in Australia.
    Key points from the Australian Copyright Council information sheet:
    • If you are not the copyright owner, you will generally need permission to print an image on t-shirts;
    • Making a few changes to someone else’s copyright work is unlikely to mean you don’t need permission to use it;
    • You'll need permission from the copyright owner if you want to use a quote that is a "substantial part" of someone else's literary work;
    • If copyright has expired in the material, you won’t need permission to use it;
    • If you find material on the internet, this doesn’t mean you can use it without permission; and
    • The use of existing brand names or slogans is unlikely to be a copyright issue, but may raise issues under trade mark or competition and consumer law.
    Good luck on your new venture!
     
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