i want to start a clothing company in the US called ‘Illusion Co’ but there’s
already a clothing company that is UK based called ‘Illusion Attire’

would this be copyright infringement or open me to legal trouble down the line?

thank you for your time

Asked on January 6, 2019 under Business Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The issue is not whether the company is foreign, but whether they do business in the U.S. Each nation's copyright law only applies within its borders--within the area over which its courts have juridiction or power. The UK company does not do business in the U.S. but you do, there would be no issue.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.