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Copyright question

Dragnorok

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Report this Jun. 28 2013, 11:26 pm

I have two questions about something I want to do that might be a copyright infringement and what I would need to do to get it approved. I'm a singer/songwriter in a metal band, and in the lyrics of one of my songs I mention the Borg. I find that it's a very powerful line in the song, and as a result of that, I also wanted to get a T-shirt made with the line on it, with a specific picture of a Borg drone that I intend to get a friend of mine to draw.


 


I'm wondering if either of these things are considered to be a copyright issue and do I need permission to go through with it? I should probably mention that I would also intend on making more of these shirts and selling them at future shows of mine if I do get it done, and that's where the real problem with copyright may lie.

heronymous

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Report this Jun. 28 2013, 11:41 pm

Within the Trek Community , there are a Lot of FanFilm Groups that have put out Trek-related T-Shirts , Badges and Stickers ! Technically they're not supposed to , but they're only appealing to a small group base . But if you ask the Franchise , they will say no !   

Dragnorok

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Report this Jun. 29 2013, 8:18 pm

Okay, so does that mean I can just go through with it, with unlikely repercussions?

heronymous

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Report this Jul. 01 2013, 5:05 pm

If you're in a Celebrity Band like Kiss , Black Sabbath or Motley Crue and expect to sell a T-Shirt specifically related to Star Trek , you should approach their marketing department . Many Trekkies have approached them . It can take anywhere from 2 months to 5 years to sort out the copyright details . If you're only expecting to sell 100 or so T-shirts , is it worth the wait and frustration ?!

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