Can I sell Disney themed stuff?

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Can I sell Disney themed stuff?

I have a small online business Not
Etsy related and I have purchased
some Disney fabric. I was planning on
making some makeup bags and such
with the fabric- and I noticed on the
edge that it said ‘for personal use
only’. What does that mean and will I
be able to sell the bags online?

Asked on February 5, 2018 under Business Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

What "for personal use only" means is that you can't sell anything made with the bags or otherwise use it for commercial or profit-making purposes (including as give-aways to market your business or say "thank you" to customers). If you do and Disney--which I understand has very aggressive lawyers--finds out, you could be sue: you will be violating their trademarks and also the terms under which you bought the fabric. You can make yourself bags, or friends and family bags as gifts, but that is it.


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