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Can You Legally Use Famous Quotes in Your Craft Business?

Today, let’s take a few minutes to look at quotes. Included in this are quotes by celebrities, politicians, writers, and so on. Specifically, we are going to talk about using these quotes on products you sell in your Silhouette or Cricut based small business. Can You Legally Use Quotes in Your Craft Business? In general, …

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Can You Legally Make & Sell Harry Potter Products?

As I sit here in my Gryffindor sweatshirt, this post will highlight that I’m a little bit of a nerd. (I guess this was probably obvious because I have been writing about the boring aspects of running a business with you Silhouette or Cricut for over 4 years now!) In any case, let’s get on …

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Why Buying a Commercial Use Cut File Doesn’t Guarantee You Commercial Use Rights

Commercial use licenses on designs can sometimes be difficult to understand. Click here for a little review of licenses. Now, let me share a story of something that recently happened to me: I received an email with a concerned Etsy shop owner asking me for advice about her Etsy shop. Without giving out too much …

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Does a Disclaimer Protect You From Copyright or Trademark Issues?

If you’ve never shared anything you’ve read on Cutting for Business, I urge you to share this article. I recently had a sweet reader write to me stating that she didn’t realize what the big deal with copyrights on Etsy were, as you could easily add a disclaimer at the end of your listing get …

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Can You Legally Make & Sell Products with Emojis?

Recently, a Cutting for Business reader sent me a question that I had never considered: Can you legally make and sell handmade products with emojis on it? Basically, she was asking whether or not emojis are trademarked. This sent me into a flurry of research about emojis. Today, I’m sharing it with you. Can You …

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Copyright & Trademark Concerns for Crafters: Song Lyrics

I get asked a lot about particular copyright and trademark situations by blog readers. One that has come up several times recently is using song lyrics or titles in products made in your Silhouette or Cricut small business. Let’s tackle one specific question today: “Can you legally use song lyrics in products you make for …

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News: ‘Santa Sack’ Trademark Approved & Alternate Word Suggestions

I normally don’t highlight specific trademark approvals in posts, because there are just too many to keep up with! However, since so many Silhouette and Cricut sellers make money personalizing Santa Sacks around Christmas I’m taking a second to address the ‘Santa Sack’ trademark. What’s Going On? In May, the trademark for ‘Santa Sack’ was …

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Trademarks on Fabric – What You Need to Know

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 …

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All About Trademarks in Crafting

Trademarks are one of the most asked questions I get on the Cutting for Business blog. To make the trademark information easier to find on the blog – here it is all in one place! General knowledge: Understanding Licenses on Cutting Files, Designs, and Fonts Why doesn’t Etsy Remove Trademark Violations? Trademark Infringements & Alternatives …

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