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Is it a legal issue to print a slogan that is might be copyrighted (such as on one of these shirts:

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if it is not being used for sale, and is only used on shirts that I am making and paying for myself and the other guys on my team?

Wondering how this works, if Nike or somebody might own the phrasing "No 1 Greater" or "Second to None," etc.

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I don't think it would matter if it's non-profit or not. If nike owns that slogan, then you wouldn't be able to print it on your shirt. Reason? Because if nike made shirts with that slogan and you made shirts that looked similar they would still be losing money, even if you're not selling them, because by printing it on a shirt you're avoiding buying their shirt.

But maybe it isn't trademarked/copyrighted, I don't know.

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I guess my question is more about the phrasing, since we aren't making Kentucky t-shirts, we are making shirts for our futbol team in this situation. It'd be our own team's name with "No 1 Greater" or something like that.

I guess to dot i's and cross t's, I'd need to look up if there is a trademark for Nike on the phrasing.

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it is copyrighted, because all original work is automatically copyrighted, but if it's trademarked that brings in some other issues. if there is no trademark and you print shirts that will NOT be sold or used to raise profit or awareness, then i believe that follows Fair Use, but don't quote me on that. like stated before, if its just a small batch for a team then its just about finding the printer. maybe check jakPrints.com

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