Looking for free IP advice. I’m a new start up, help!
Hi, I have been looking around but there is mixed information on using quotes for commercial design purposes. I have narrowed down quotes which I think will be accepted to use since they have been around for a while. Confucius – Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall, Whatever you are be a good one – Abraham Lincoln, There is no great genius without a mixture of madness – Aristotle and most importantly If you’re going to be a bear be a Grizzly – Mahatma Gandhi. Some sites states its believed to be in the public domain, I rather know for definite to respect original works. I found that Einstein/Oscar Wilde quotes needed permission although they have passed on. I’ve been the public library, not much luck there. How do I know for definite that I am able to use these quotes as I mentioned above? Many thanks in advance. Dilla
Generally you should cite the authors of the quotes unless the quotes are in the public domain.
The sites below can help you to see if the quotes are actually protected.
Please note that 1923 is the magic year for the public domain. In the U.S., everything published before then is free to reproduce.
I hope this helps.
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