What you CANâ€™T use for your design
Names, logos, pictures or other intellectual property of musical groups or musical artists OR their lyrics.
- Names, logos, pictures, or other intellectual property of sports teams, colleges/universities, clubs or organizations such as Boston Red Sox, Girl Scouts of America, or Harvard University.
- Characters, images, actors or likenesses from cartoon networks, comic books, video games, movies, and television shows.
- Trademarks, names or logos for companies. For example you can not use the name Nike, Nike â€œJust Do Itâ€ or the swoosh logo.
- Photos, caricatures, or other artwork depicting a celebrity. Just because you take a picture of a celebrity, draw it or trace their likeness, it does not give you the right to use the image on shirts. â€œBut it is my own drawingâ€ Well, it isnâ€™t that simple and even if there is no evidence
- Any image or graphic that is not listed as free for commercial use (i.e. images you find on Google images).While it may seem like no one will notice, it is a violation unless you the original author has clearly stated it is free for commercial usage.
- Phrases/Quotes/Sayings from various forms of media including television, books, lyrics etc.
- Internet Meme / Viral Video inspired t-shirt designs. Many internet memes are based on someones image and canâ€™t be used. And creating t-shirts inspired by a viral video can be a problem. Many times those who create a video do not plan to and there may be some lines that would make for great t-shirts.
What you CAN use
- Any image or graphic that is royalty free for COMMERCIAL use.
- Any image or graphic that is considered public domain.
- Any image or graphic that is 100% your design.