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Can I silkscreen a public road sign on a T shirt?

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Can I silkscreen a public road sign on a T shirt?

Yes you can use most signs. Most public road signs are in the public domain. There can be exceptions such as the Interstate shield, which is copyrighted by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

 

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The sign I am specifically thinking of is the kind you see in Europe that shows you when you arrive in a village and when you leave a village, they have a red diagonal line thru it. with the "name" of the village.

The red diagonal line through just about anything is public these days. If someone designs a custom sign that has a red line that may be protected. If you just want to use the red line across a name you choose that is probably not going to be a problem.

 

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Would I be able to trademark or service mark a road sign I put on a T shirt

No, they are in the public domain.

 

 

 

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