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Emily McDowell On Copyright and Fair Use

Last updated on February 21st, 2020

Here’s a brilliant post by designer Emily McDowell on copyright and fair use: Using Famous Quotes On Products: When Is It OK?

A few salient quotes:

[Works] published before 1923 are in the public domain and are therefore legal to use. 

Please note:

[Attributing] a quote to its author does not make it legal to use the quote.

And, my favorite:

In fact, when I started to feel really boxed in creatively by being limited to using pre-1923 quotes, I started writing and selling my own stuff, which is what led to my card line and was the smartest thing I could have done!

Emily also includes a couple of links to legal articles for further explanation, so be sure to check out her complete article.

Merch & Etsy Sellers take note! ☺️