Thursday, August 21, 2014

Create Fan Art - And Sell It LEGALLY!

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Imagine you thought of a great Star Trek design and wanted to sell it on T-shirts. In most cases you'ld be out of luck since you would either be breaking copyright law or stepping in very hazy legal territory regarding how that law applies to parody. But, by working through a print on demand service that has special permission to publish fan-designed products, you CAN design and sell products related to TV shows (like Star Trek), movies, video games, and more!
Print on demand services (PODS) allow artists to put their own designs on items like shirts, mugs, and posters and then sell them through their own shop and/or the PODS' marketplace. The print on demand services set up digital mock-ups so customers can see how the product will look with the artwork. Then they print and ship products when customers order them, and the artist earns a commission.

Some Print on Demand services have made deals with TV Stations, movie producers, and other groups to let their artist contributors provide fan-created art to sell through the PODS. Usually there are specific rules on what types of designs will be accepted and how their copyrighted content can be used.

Read on to find out about various PODS participating in these types of partnerships.

CafePress Fan Portals

Star Trek MugCafePress has over 100 fan portals where you can share your designs for movies, T.V. shows, and more such asStar Trek, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Goodfellas, Mighty Mouse, and so many others

Zazzle Fan Portals

Right now Zazzle just two fan portals (that I know of)…click the links below to see their design guidelines and learn more about the programs.


Saturday Night Live



Sony Music
Below is a list of the songs from Sony Music that they are accepting designs for.

* Ain’t Gonna Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman
* Alone
* Burnin’ For You
* Burning Love
* Come Together
* Crazy
* Girls Just Want To Have Fun
* Heartbreak Hotel
* Hit Me With Your Best Shot
* Hush
* I Can’t Stop Loving You
* I Fought The Law
* I Love The Nightlife
* King Of The Road
* Like A Virgin
* Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
* Spooky
* Stand By Me
* Suspicious Minds
* True Colors
* Tutti Frutti

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