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Hi, what is the legal position here: An artist draws an illustration. the

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Hi, what is the legal position here:
An artist draws an illustration.
the illustration depicts a well know character in a drama series
the illustration shows the character wearing a top displaying the logo of a well known sportswear brand.
the illustrator collaborates with a t-shirt supplier and a t-shirt is printed showing the illustration.
the t shirt supplier put the t shirt out for sale in his shop and online.
The question:
Are there any legal issues concerning copyright or trade mark infringement with this?

Copyright in the illustration would belong automatically to the artist under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.

The Artist may sue the supplier for breach of copyright if the supplier is using the artist's illustration without permission.

Hope this helps
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX question was more concerning the artist's use of a character from a well known drama series and his use of a sportswear brand's logo in the illustration.


Would this be an infringement of the sportswear brand's trademark or the tv drama series producers copyright?

Yes, it would appear to be infringement of copyright by the artist in that case.

Hope this clarifies.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you again.


Not sure if this is technically another question, which would require further payment, please advise if it does. If it does, I won't continue, but will complete payment of the first question.


The question is where would legal responsibility lie?

My role is as the manufacturer, who will pull together the t-shirt, the printing of same and the delivery to the retailer.

Is it the retailer who is responsible, or does every party along the way (the manufacturer, the printer, the retailer) break the copyright?


Thank you in anticipation of this further answer.

I am afraid that is a new question.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Ok, thanks anyway.


Your profile does say "Your satisfaction is my goal, and I'm happy to answer any follow-up questions you may have."


Perhaps it should say, ".... with further payment".


However I am satisfied with the initial answer and will now complete payment for it.


Many thanks