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Forum topic by Nicholas Dillon posted 12-04-2009 08:31 AM 5976 views 1 time favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2009 08:31 AM

What kind of rules need to be followed if I want to sell items featuring a sports logo? Especially in regards to using College sports logos. Thanks.

-- My workshop is a 8 x 8 shed! No Joke!

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 02:23 PM

I’m not a lawyer, but those logos are copyright protected, and should not be sold. At one time, I scrolled NY Yankee logo fridge magnets that I was selling at my stoop sale (an urban version of a yard sale). I was warned by a passerby that it was illegal, so I ended up giving away the rest to friends.

-- Steve--

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 03:06 PM

If you sell just a few here and there, you should be fine and under the radar of the corporate machine. Just don’t go advertising it. I think the worst that will happen to you if you get caught is a cease and desist letter from a law firm.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 08:10 PM

Colleges have a reputation for being very aggressive about protecting their logos. With the funding shortfalls that most of them are having now, they might be even more protective.


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#4 posted 12-05-2009 07:33 PM

You need to contact the copyright owner(s) and get their permission.

-- Gerry,

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 07:38 PM

YEP, and thier permission is normally a percentage of sales.

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 08:28 PM

I’d get the permission of the copyright holder. Companies are very aggressive lately about protecting their copyrighted stuff. I had a friend who wanted to make a bat for his son with a big red B on it, he contacted the Red Sox and it took him 6 months to hear back.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 03:19 PM

Well hello SPAMMER!!

Hey Martin where’s the report tab so we can report the spammers?

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 05:54 PM


Unfortunately, what has been said is largely true. Most of college logos are copyrighted, and your use of them commercially may cause some issues. Some colleges are more vigorous than others in enforcing their copyrights. And some are downright vicious!

KU is one of the latter. They have taken a local tee shirt shop here in Lawrence to court twice to the tune of a $600,000 judgment, I believe. That’s a lot of tee shirts! And some of the tee shirts just said “KANSAS” on them! Like I said, VICIOUS!

I hate to rain on your parade like this, but “forewarned is forearmed!”

Good luck!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#9 posted 01-08-2010 06:52 AM

I concur with the license thing. I’ve made a few projects as gifts but I’m not sold any.


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#10 posted 10-24-2017 09:30 AM

SO this IDEA i came up with is not such a good idea?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#11 posted 10-24-2017 12:07 PM

It’s not a copyright protecting logos, it’s a trademark. You need to get the permission of the trademark owner, which in the case of a college sports team is the university itself (or some subsidiary company, most likely).

If you make something for your own personal use you have a shot at a fair-use defense, but if you’re selling pieces containing a trademarked image, you will most certainly lose in court.

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#12 posted 10-24-2017 08:33 PM

i think should answer a lot of the questions

“All products must be approved by the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company. Failure to obtain a license or approval from the NCAA and CLC would be grounds for the seizure of all non-approved merchandise bearing the NCAA’s marks. Vigorous legal action will be taken against violators, which could result in jail time and numerous fines.”

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#13 posted 11-06-2017 09:13 PM

Even if you license the trademarked logos, there are usually very specific rules about how they can be used and displayed. (They may not take kindly to logo-ed urinal cakes for example.)

Failure to follow the rules is also subject to penalties.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#14 posted 07-30-2021 04:23 PM

Make a bunch of anything with the logo on it. Post it online anywhere, it doesn’t matter. Give it about 30 minutes and check your order email for the cease and desist notification that is inbound. It’s that simple.

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#15 posted 07-30-2021 07:12 PM

Sell it on RedBubble, which doesn’t seem to care about infringement (aside: I take no responsibility for repercussions).

-- Devin, SF, CA

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