What photography I can use for printing t-shirts

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What photography I can use for printing t-shirts

Post by cupoftee »

Hi, thanks for your time.
This is my first post and I apologise if it has been covered but my searching has not been successful in answering the dilema I have.
I want to print (I am a screen printer) a range of clothing for sale that represents the things that have influenced me through my ageing years using photos I have taken myself.
I have taken some photos myself of classic cars, old Minis, Morris Minor, Capri etc, and would like to take pics of things such as a rubiks cube, Atari/Spectrum games console that I would like to print on t-shirts for sale with a theme of Old School Cool.

I have seen similar types of photos for sale with commercial licence of such items on places like shutterstock. Which leads me to believe it might be allowed to photograph things and sell that as a print, but I am not sure.

Below is a link to a sample print of a Austin Healey photo I took and cleaned up in photoshop (removed background, number plate etc), that I did purely for myself, to give an idea of what I am looking to produce.

I hope this makes sense, and appreciate any advice.
Thanks Steve
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Re: What photography I can use for printing t-shirts

Post by AndyJ »

Hi Steve,

As long as you use your own photographs, or ones that you have obtained under licence for the purpose, you are fine with printing them on tee shirts or indeed any other surface. There is no copyright in the appearance of everyday objects like games consoles or toys. Thing only things I suggest you avoid are printed matter (eg the front page of a newspaper or magazine) or any artwork such as a poster, painting or cartoon and the like. Even graffiti (aka street art) is now a contentious area of art. It is also a good idea to avoid pictures of pop stars.
Advice or comment provided here is not and does not purport to be legal advice as defined by s.12 of Legal Services Act 2007
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