I'm interested in making stationery with the intent of selling using quotes from motivational speakers, leaders, etc.. will i run into copyright infringement issues? if so what to expect or could you point me in the right direction to gain more information? thanks
- Little PrincessLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
The answer is yes and no.
There are several cases where you're allowed to use quote without the risk of infringing upon someone's copyright. If it was said prior to 1923, its copyright would have expired. If it's the product of the government, it (more than likely) belongs to the public (e.g. flags, mottoes, etc). If it's too short to be considered an intellectual property (e.g. "Smile!").
The government created part would include addresses government officials make during the course of their duties. However, if they use material that was already copyrighted in their address, that wouldn't make that part public domain. For instance, when President Reagan spoke of the astronauts that died in the Challenger disaster, he made references to John Magee's quote about having slipped the surely bonds of earth and touched the face of God. Just because the president used it, doesn't make the original line public domain. Neither would quotes from any off-duty addresses (e.g. campaign speeches). But something like FDR's, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself" is fair game.
Depending upon the quote you wish to use, it might also be someone's trademark. Trademarks don't expire or enter the public domain; although they only apply in a narrow set of circumstances.
- AnaLv 62 months ago
For them to sue you for copyright infringement, they would need to feel that it is actually worth their time to sue you- and that it wouldn’t make them look bad.
So you’d need to be selling a lot of product for it to get to that point. You would probably be fine, as long as you’re not stealing an actual company slogan or selling a huge volume
If you make less than $150,000 a year off it, you’ll probably be fine
- curtisports2Lv 72 months ago
Don't quote anyone who has been dead for less than 70 years.
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- JJLv 72 months ago
Maybe you could change the quote by using synonyms to change keywords.