We want shirts, but don't want to infringe on any trademarks or copyrights.
August 17, 2009 7:07 PM Subscribe
I run a website dedicated to vintage PC games (that is, games from the late 80s, early 90s). Ad revenue has been declining, and a co-admin suggested making t-shirts to sell to support the site. I have questions about what art/words we can use on the shirts.
posted by IndigoRain to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously we can't use actual screenshots or art from the games or boxes. We'd also stay away from using the company's logos and the names of the games, assuming that those are also trademarked.
1. Can we use the game's character's names as a t-shirt slogan? (e.g. "Long live King Bob!") What about the names of the fictional lands within the games? (e.g. "I went to the Land of the Purple Isles and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!")
2. My website domain name contains the name of the company who created these vintage games. It's still okay to use my domain name on the shirts, isn't it?
3. Can we use fan-art on the t-shirts that depict the characters or scenes from the games? How different does the fan-art have to be from the actual art from the game?
4. Can we use any quotes from the games?