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Trademarks: How to Get Licensed to Use Logos for Colleges and Universities in Your Craft Business

College sports are popular, and it’s no surprise that Silhouette or Cricut crafters want to create and sell products in support of their favorite school. Whether it’s football team gear, a generic college design, or support of your favorite collegiate basketball team – it’s likely that the school has their names and logos trademarked. I’m sure Cutting for …

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Trademarks: Can You Sell NFL Items Made with Your Silhouette Cameo?

Football season is already in full swing, and you might be ready to start making personalized gear to show support for your favorite team (go Bears!). Or, you may see listings online for gorgeous handmade items with NFL logos or team names. Before you start making and selling NFL products, you should know that it …

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How to Deal with Copycats in Your Craft Business

In the another article, I highlighted how it is not ethical to copy another designer’s work (at least not without written permission from the designer). But, what if you find out that someone is copying your items? What can you do about it? In instances of copying, there are two different scenarios: Scenario 1) You created a …

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Trademarks: Can I Make and Sell Personalized Starbucks Cups?

The hot trend in Silhouette and Cricut crafting right now seems to be personalizing reusable Starbucks cups bought in store for $1. But, is it legal? Does it infringe on the Starbucks company trademark? Like most trademark or copyright infringements, the answer isn’t cut and dry. In my quest to get an answer, I reached …

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Copying Another Crafter’s Design versus Getting Inspiration

As a seller, there is a thin line between outright copying someone else’s design and drawing inspiration from it. If you’ve starting selling your handmade Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore projects online, a customer will eventually send you a picture of something they found online and want you to recreate it. Should you do it? In my …

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Can You Legally Sell Disney Crafts?

I get asked a lot of questions here on Cutting for Business. Perhaps the most asked question I receive is: “Can I make and sell Disney/Pixar/Marvel handmade products with my Silhouette or Cricut?” Answer: “No, not legally.” Follow up question: “But, I see them everywhere on Etsy! How do those sellers do it?” Answer: “Illegally.” …

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