Several Cutting for Business readers have asked about trademarks on fabric. Luckily for crafters, trademarks are pretty cut and dry on fabric.
You should assume that all fabric with cartoon characters, sports teams, and major brands are licensed fabrics for personal use only. This means that you cannot sell items made with the fabric. You can verify this by looking at the selvage side of the fabric. If there are licensing terms, they will be printed there. The messages may differ slightly, but most read, “Sold for noncommercial home use only.” If ordering online, the product description should note whether or not the fabric is licensed only for personal use.
It’s just that easy!
Need a refresher on licensing for fonts and designs? Head to this post.
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