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  1. #1
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    Jun 2008

    Default Using Famous Quotes

    I am interested in using quotes from movies and television to print on products to sell. For example;

    "Here's looking at you, kid." - Casablanca

    Assuming Casablance was a recent release (within the last 20yrs). What are the laws governing the use of such material?

    I have the same question for using quotes done on live television, press conferences, events like that.

    Thank you in advance,

    Florida, though this would apply federally

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005

    Default Re: Using Famous Quotes

    You're running into an area where you have overlapping issues of copyright and trademark law, and possible issues with other areas of law (e.g., misappropriation, unfair competition) as well. The law is complicated, and depends upon the material you want to use. Your risk goes up when you start quoting fictional characters or works, which is not to say that there's no risk in other contexts.

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