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Why doesn’t Etsy Remove Trademark Violations?

I talk a lot about copyrights and trademarks here on the Cutting for Business blog. (You can catch up with these posts at this link.) I’ve had several readers ask me the same question lately: “Why doesn’t Etsy remove listings that violate trademarks?” While I don’t work for Etsy and I’m not affiliated with Etsy in any …

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What is the Trademark Official Gazette?

Ever wonder how crafters and other small businesses find out about newly registered trademarks? It actually really easy: Each Tuesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office sends out the Trademark Official Gazette. What is Included in the Trademark Gazette? Trademarks published for opposition. These are trademarks that are in the process of trademarking. Trademarks …

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Trademark Infringements & Alternatives for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Crafters

Oh, trademarks. I talk about them a lot on Cutting for Business. Unfortunately for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut sellers who sell their goods – the situation is getting worse. In the last year or so – there have been so many new trademarks applied for and granted that it is hard to keep up. At …

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Help Stop Image Theft Between Crafters

It’s no secret that image theft has been increasing between crafters lately – especially Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners. Today, I want to share what is okay to do with someone else’s photo – and what isn’t. What you can do with someone else’s photo: Post it on a social media site with …

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Can you Create Products for Direct Sales Reps?

With all this talk on Cutting for Business about trademarks (there’s a lot of trademark posts on the blog – click here to see them), I got a great question from a Cutting for Business reader: “Can I sell a branded decal to a consultant for a direct sales company?” The reader is referring to …

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Trademarks: Straight Outta Shirts and Your Silhouette or Cricut Business

Today, we are returning to the subject of trademarks, something I talk about on Cutting for Business regularly. During one of my sessions at the All Things Silhouette Conference, attendees asked me about trademark concerns related to selling Straight Outta shirts. First, if you aren’t familiar with the phrase, it originates from a hip hop …

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Cricut’s Angel Policy for Licensed Images in Design Space

Hey Cricut crafters – I’m tackling reader questions this week and several Cricut users have asked about selling products with licensed images from Design Space or cartridges. Unfortunately, you cannot sell a product with a licensed character – those are for personal use only. Why can’t you use a licensed image in your product? Cricut has …

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Are ‘Keep Calm’ Sayings Trademarked?

We are heading back into trademarks today with Keep Calm sayings. You know the ones I’m talking about – Keep Calm and Carry On, Keep Calm and Use Glitter, Keep Calm and (insert anything here). Where did Keep Calm sayings come from? I’m giving you a quick history lesson today with the history of the Keep Calm …

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Greek Licensing in Your Silhouette or Cricut Business

I talk a lot about trademarks and licensing on Cutting for Business. Several readers have asked if I had any information I could share about copyright or trademark concerns for Greek life. If you want to create Silhouette or Cricut made products to sell in honor of your favorite sorority or fraternity, you will want …

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