Continue reading below for more information on copyright and trademarks; what they are, specific examples, and how to avoid using copyrighted and trademarked images in your Fabrily campaigns.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” which includes literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works (they can be published or unpublished). The owner of the copyrighted work has exclusive rights to reproduce and use the work.
Copyright protection covers things like: works of art, photos, pictures, graphic designs, drawings, songs, music, books, manuscripts, plays, movies, shows, etc. So for example the house sigils and house mottos of Game of Thrones are copyrighted images and phrases. Always try to avoid using copyrighted images in your campaigns, you can use search engines like Google to find out if a particular image or design is copyrighted.
Copyright Search Engine: http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First
What is a Trademark?
A trademark is a word, name, symbol, logo, or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source (maker) of the goods and differentiate them from other goods (basically a trademark identifies the maker of that product – like a brand name or brand logo).
As we mentioned, trademarks protect any words, phrases, logos, etc.which are used in federally regulated commerce and identify the source of the goods and/or services. This means any official brand name or logo like “Mercedes-Benz”, the Playboy Bunny logo, or logo of F.C. Barcelona football team is a trademarked image and cannot be used or featured in any Fabrily campaign.
Use these trademark search engines to check the image or name you want to feature in your campaign:
Fabrily campaigns with copyright or trademark violations
It is very important to make sure your Fabrily campaign does not violate any copyrights or trademarks; if your campaign is reported for a violation it most likely will be taken down and all orders will be canceled (this means you could lose ad money!). To avoid this situation please make sure to check any designs you’re unsure about or think could violate copyright/trademark law before publishing your campaign.
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