Intellectual Property

We are called Tee Originals for a reason
We just love original and creative graphics.  We will make every effort to ensure that the campaigns we accept are just that, original. It is important for us to protect the intellectual property rights of others.  Additionally, our goal is to avoid having multiple versions of very similar graphics on our site as this can impact your sales!  If you feel that one of the more recent campaigns on our site is too similar to one of yours please contact us.

We are committed to supporting our Campaign Managers and to helping them produce great graphics and provide an original product for their buyers.  We are also committed to protecting the rights of individuals and companies with respect to the content published on our site.  We want to encourage all of our Campaign Managers to be creative while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.  Here are a few general definitions that may help you understand the basics.

Trademark
A distinctive design, picture, emblem, logo or wording (or combination) affixed to goods for sale to identify the manufacturer as the source of the product and to distinguish them from goods sold or made by others. Words that merely name the maker (but without particular lettering) or a generic name for the product are not trademarks. Federal trademarks last as long as they are used and there are up-dated re-registrations. “Use” means placing the mark on a regular basis on goods manufactured and/or sold.  Patent law specialists can conduct a search for similar trademarks to avoid the costs of wasting time and money on adopting an existing trademark owned by another. Use of another’s trademark (or one that is confusingly similar) is infringement and the basis for a lawsuit for damages for unfair competition and/or a petition for an injunction against the use of the infringing trademark.

Tee Originals Campaign Managers are not permitted to use third party trademarks unless they have permission. We review all campaigns before printing to help ensure third party rights are not violated.

Copyright
A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work.  An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement.  Copyright is distinct from other forms of creator protection such as Patents, which give inventors exclusive rights over use of their inventions, and Trademarks, which are legally protected words or symbols or certain other distinguishing features that represent products or services.   Copyright law says that a work has to be original to be protected.   Under copyright law, you are not entitled to use someone else’s work as a basis for your own.   However, everyone is free to use ideas and information.  Copyright only extends to the unique expression of ideas, not the idea itself.

Tee Originals Campaign Managers are not permitted to use third party copyrighted works unless they have permission.

Rights of Publicity
The right of publicity, often called personality rights, is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness, or other unequivocal aspects of one’s identity. It is generally considered a property right as opposed to a personal right, and as such, the validity of the Right of Publicity can survive the death of the individual and recognition of the right can vary from state to state.

Personality rights are generally considered to consist of two types of rights; one intended to keep one’s image and likeness from being commercially exploited without permission, and the other, the right to privacy, or the right to be left alone and not have one’s personality represented publicly without permission.

Tee Originals will not be able to print shirts that include the name or likeness of any individual, including celebrities, unless we have written instructions otherwise by the individual or their agent.

We will review all graphics before printing for any of the following:

  • Use of a trademark similar or exact.
  • Use of any organization’s name.
  • Anything that contains copyrighted works.
  • Use of an individual’s name or likeness.
  • Contains content that promotes harm to others.
  • Use of lyrics, images, or related artwork associated with any musical or theatrical group or act.
  • Contain protected material in the description, URL, or title.
  • Any association to material affiliated with a professional sports organization of any kind or an institution, such as a university or college, any current or past musical or theatrical release.

Use of any brand designation similar or exact.

Be original and have fun but please try to follow these guidelines when setting up your campaign.  Tee Originals reserves the right to refuse any campaign we feel infringes on the intellectual property rights of another or contains any content that does not comply with our Terms of Service.