Is it illegal to sell this...?

by 33 comments
Dear warriors,

I need your opinion about selling t-shirt, mugs or posters with cartoon characters on it, such as mickey mouse.

and what if selling mugs with a (modified) company logo on it, for example "I Love Google".

is it illegal?
#internet marketing #illegal #sell
  • Profile picture of the author graphicsgenie
    Yes, oh Stupid too

    • Profile picture of the author mdunn123
      Originally Posted by graphicsgenie View Post

      Yes, oh Stupid too

      Now we could be just a little bit nicer can't we?

      We've all asked dumb questions that we honestly didn't really know the answer to, or have had not so great ideas in the past....
  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    Yes that would be illegal... If Disney or Google finds about this they have every right to sue you ...

    Having said that I come across a lot of products that do use such images and logos in local markets... and they are sold real cheap, so I don't think Disney is making any money from them...

  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    As long as you have their permission in writing to do so, it's perfectly legal.

    See if you can cut a deal with them on the idea. They might actually go for it.
    • Profile picture of the author DeenaEsq
      As Floyd says, you can license the characters or company names to use on your t-shirts, but failing to do so (though not "illegal" because that indicates that the act is criminal) is a violation of trademark law and/or copyright law. I concur with the rest of the group in saying that it's a BAD idea.

      Any opinions are offered without knowledge of the specific law of your jurisdiction and with only the limited information provided in your post. No advice given here should be reasonably relied upon by you or any third party without consulting an attorney who is aware of all of the facts and law surrounding your situation. Any advice given here is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship in any way.
  • Profile picture of the author Dick Doe
    Originally Posted by warrior88 View Post

    Dear warriors,

    I need your opinion about selling t-shirt, mugs or posters with cartoon characters on it, such as mickey mouse.

    and what if selling mugs with a (modified) company logo on it, for example "I Love Google".

    is it illegal?
    Illegal, yes. You shouldn't use their trademarked logos, cartoon characters, etc.

    I do see vendors here selling t-shirts with the mickey mouse character, but they shouldn't be surprised if they are sued sooner or later.
    • Profile picture of the author JonnyAndrews
      You get caught doing that you AND your children's children's children will be sued back into the stone age!

      FYI: You can't even make something that LOOKS like one of those characters. The suites at corporate can blast you for "Likeness Rights" or something like that.
  • Profile picture of the author MicahF7
    Its best to avoid it...

    If your goal is to make money, then there are much easyer ways to reach your goal.

    Why get invalved with somthing that "rides the edge" when there's no reason to.

    Micah Rush
    • Profile picture of the author valerieSONORA
      Stay far away from Disney characters unless you want to get a license to use it or they will come after you. They have to be the company most aggressive and protective of their images. There was a woman who had a website with some Disney images, just a small, personal fan site, and Disney made her take it down. I don't even know how they found it.

      If you want to use cartoon characters- use public domain like someone else said, or have an artist design your own.

Next Topics on Trending Feed

  • 3 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    Hello. I want to be successful internet marketer. I have the zeal and passion to achieve this aim. But what restricting me to do this is money. As heading of my post says you would know that am from India. If you compare price of dollar with India Rupee its somewhere around $1=Rs. 66 which is increasing day by day. My budget would be $100/month which is equal to Rs. 6600. This is maximum I can spend. I dont have high paying job and also I have to pay rent, bills, etc. I need to pay for domain, hosting, bing ads, fb ads, landing page and so on. I know there are free methods too but as you say free methods take time to show result.

  • 3 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    Have a very special client. I like to call him the Sheikh. He does not mind. In return, he says that I am a Petrol Writer. This client is generous when it comes to pricing and payments. I have never been greedy. Just like Tom Cruise used to say in the Oblivion: We are an effective team! This gentleman is born and raised in Kuwait. He earned his degree in some prestigious London business school. Yet, when it comes to the business culture, he obviously follows the region of his origin. We do not discuss the price. We do not negotiate. Never. He orders the work. I deliver. Then, he asks how much needs to be paid. I get my money. That is it. Smooth and simple. For what is worth, so far, we have worked only on relatively small projects. Until recently. This was a client only to wish for. Guess, it is not only in my nature, but I was not quite satisfied. I wished we could do some more work. And, you know what happens when you wish for something. It happens to you, but not exactly the way you wanted to get it. So, one fine day, the Sheikh approached me with an unusual proposal. Like I passed all the test, and the time has come for the real thing. What he had on his mind was a book about his personal and professional journey, somewhere around 200 to 300 pages. A brand new website. We are talking about a few dozen pages at least. Then, there was a package of 30 blogs, give it or take. He also needed some scripts for promotion videos, but he was not quite sure how many of them.

  • 1 {{ upvoteCount | shortNum }} 5

    I read recently that as of late August, Google has removed the 3 adsense units per page limit and replaced it with a policy that has no specific limit but which requires that the amount of ads not exceed the amount of content. Is anyone familiar with this and can anyone suggest how best to implement this.