If I buy something froma craft storeand incorporate it into art that I resell through my company, is that illegal?

Asked on September 8, 2010 under Business Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Once you buy something, you can use that piece, material, resource, etc. as you'd like, as long as you don't violate intellectual property. So you shouldn't use the item in a way that shows a trademarked logo or the name of the seller or  manufacturer; doing that could be taken as suggesting a relationship with the seller  or manufactuer that doesn't exist, or an endorsement by them, or simply a violaton of their right to control their own intellectual property. However, as long as you don't infringe intellectual property, you can use the item purchased as a component in your products.

If you want or intent or as a practical matter must show a name, a mark, etc., before you do so, consult with an intellectual property attorney to see how you can do so safely (if at all).

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