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Can You Legally Make and Sell Military Products in Your Craft Business?

Did you know that if you are selling something with a military logo, military name, or military insignia you must get a license to do so? Today, we are going to look at the trademark concerns and licensing requirements for each of the five US military branches. What Does the Military Have Trademarked? The military branches collectively …

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Can You Legally Make and Sell Spotify Products?

Recently, Spotify products have become hot sellers in the handmade craft market. As always, my first thoughts were about the legality of making and selling products using screenshots of Spotify, Spotify codes, or the Spotify logo. I reached out to Spotify for an official statement after hearing rumors that Spotify was having infringing products removed …

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20 Christmas Songs in the Public Domain for Crafters to Use

I spend a lot of time on Cutting for Business telling crafters what they can’t make due to trademark and copyright issues. Today, I’m spending a few minutes telling you want you can use in your crafts for sale. Specifically, let’s talk about Christmas songs in the public domain. When copyrights expire, they enter the …

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Can You Legally Use Bitmoji Avatars in Your Small Business?

I’ve noticed a lot of Silhouette and Cricut business owners using Bitmoji Avatars in their business logos, social media profile pictures, and advertising materials. I’ve had an uneasy feeling about the legalities of doing this, so I set off to do some research.  What is a Bitmoji Avatar? Before I share my findings – and …

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Understanding the US Copyright Act of 1976 as a Crafter

For the most part, trademarks are pretty easy to understand. People or corporations can register a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. If it is approved, the trademark is listed in a public database called TESS and we can search it for trademark concerns before creating products for sale. Copyrights seem more difficult …

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Using Easter Peeps in Craft Products: Are Peeps Trademarked?

With Easter right around the corner, I thought it was a good time to talk about Peeps. You know, those marshmallow candies that come in pastel colors and bunny or chick shapes? Specifically, are Peeps trademarked? If you’ve been around Cutting for Business for a while, you can probably guess how this post is going …

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Are Bible Verses Copyrighted or Trademarked?

Around Easter and Christmas, a lot of handmade products pop up with Bible verses on them. But, are they trademarked? Protected under copyright laws? Today, let’s take a look at the using Bible verses on products made with your Silhouette, Cricut, or other methods. Are Bible Verses Copyrighted or Trademarked? I feel like I have …

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Copyrights vs. Trademarks vs. Patents

Hey crafters, I feel like we need to take a step back quickly to define and look at the differences between copyrights, trademarks, and patents. I regularly see these terms used interchangeably by Silhouette and Cricut crafters online – but they really can’t be switched out. Copyrights, trademarks, and patents are three entirely different things. …

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Trademarks: What Crafters Need to Know About NBA Licensing

Basketball season is coming soon and I’ve gotten a few questions about making and selling basketball related products using your Silhouette or Cricut. Today, let’s take a look at NBA trademarks and licensing. What is Trademarked to the NBA? In a quick search of the TESS database, I found that the NBA holds over 1600 …

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