I believe in pink

I believe in pink. I believe laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. And I believe in miracles. - Audrey Hepburn

Update: I created this graphic many years ago, it’ been making the rounds on Pinterest lately so I decided to update the post to clarify. This image was created by me (Genpink) but the original quote is Audrey Hepburn. Want more lovely quotes checkout my Pinterest board: Word to Live By.

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I have a question that I’m hoping someone might know the answer to. What is the copyright rules on reproducing quotes? For example. I found the above quote on someone’s Facebook and I decided I liked it. I copied and pasted the quote into my beloved Adobe Illustrator and then made myself a pretty little graphic to put up on my blog. So here’s the question … would I be allowed to sell said little graphic (printed out in a frame perhaps)? Can you just reproduce any quote you feel like as long as you give credit? I see cute little framey things like this all the time at Target. I feel like I need a class on the legalities of graphic design. Perhaps some of you legalites can answer this question for me.

18 thoughts on “I believe in pink

  1. You should post the question in the Answers Forum on LinkedIn. There are a lot of lawyers on the site, so you’d have an answer in 48 hours tops. Do share whatever the answer ultimately is!

  2. Hm, I really don’t know! As long as you say “Audrey Hepburn” said this, I think it’s fine (but again, I don’t KNOW). People use quotes all the time to make money, on greeting cards, etc…

    Anyway, I think it’s a wonderful quote. I definitely like it.

  3. if the quote is actually registered with the copyright office, you have to get permission to use it. i doubt, though, that it is. i’m not sure how to conduct that search, but you might be able to find the information you’re looking for at http://www.copyright.gov.

    also, just google the word “copyright” and there is an incredible amount of information. i’m betting it wouldn’t be hard to find the answer that way.



  4. i think these girls have the right idea. do some research on this to make sure you can use it… but i don’t see a huge problem with using the quote as long as you credit it…. that poster would be really cool. make them :)

  5. I assumed that if you name the person who did the quote, then it is allowed. Not sure – would love to hear your answers.

  6. Noooo idea, but I feel that properly credited should be legal.

    That said, this quote irks me because people who are already sad should hardly be told they’re also not pretty.

  7. When it comes to quotes or phrases that are relatively unique, they can be trademarked. You can check to see if a particular quote or phrase is trademarked by checking the USPTO. Chances are if it’s not on there, it’s not trademarked and you are thus able to sell it as a shirt.

    If you plan to use an image with the quote that is from someone else (for example, the one presented above) then of course that would be copyright infringement. Unless you receive expressed written consent.

    In the event that you do have an over site and miss that the quote was trademarked, it’s likely unlikely that the original “owner” of the quote will notice it unless it gets into large stores like Sears. Assuming the owner does, chances are they will just send a cease and desist letter. If they’re particularly unkind, they may try to sue you for punitive damages, recovering whatever profits you made from their quote (unlikely this will happen to you as often times it will cost them more in legal fees than what will be returned. Or they don’t have the time or money to take away from their company).

    All that said, if you’re thinking of selling some shirts. I’d just do your diligence and then go for it! I love new products/company ideas and such. If it’s unique, it can certainly render great results, too (VCWear is a good example). :)

    Hope that helps!

  8. I’d say you can definitely reproduce it, as long as you don’t claim you said it. I always wonder, though, how could Audrey Hepburn have said soooooo many quotes in her life? Having a conversation with her must have been ridiculous.

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