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Does Zippo own the rights to my artwork?

    If you submit artwork to be placed on lighters that you intend to keep or gift to someone else, you retain all rights to your artwork but do grant a limited, non-exclusive license to ZIPPO to allow ZIPPO to place your artwork on its lighters or other product and ship your products to you.

    If it does not have a copyright notice on it, is it okay to use? 

      Almost all works are protected by copyright, even if they do not have a copyright notice. Therefore, you need to obtain written permission to use any artwork that you did not create.

      Is it okay to use an image I found on the internet? 

        No. Simply because an image (artwork, photograph, etc.) is on the internet does not mean that it is in the public domain or available for your use. You cannot use the work unless the author of the work has explicitly granted you a license to use the work or it is in the public domain. Further, a person who posts an image on the internet and claims that you are free to use it may not have had the right to post the image in the first place. Thus, your use of the image may violate the rights of the actual copyright owner or a person’s right of publicity or right of privacy.

        If I took a photograph of a celebrity or a company logo, can I use it to merchandise? 

          No. Taking a photo of a person, company building, product, brand, or logo does not give you the right to sell merchandise featuring that photograph. There are two distinct intellectual property rights in a photograph: (1) the rights in the photograph itself and (2) the rights in the subject of the photograph, such as the product or person shown in it. In order to order merchandise with the photograph, you will need to obtain explicit permission from the celebrity.

          I based my artwork off the artwork of a third party, is that okay?

            Not generally speaking. It depends on what you mean by “based it on.” Artwork derived from the previous work of another will likely violate the rights of the owner of the previous artwork. If you are creating a design that is based on the work of someone else, you will probably need to obtain permission from the owner of the original artwork prior to using it. If the other artwork just inspired you to create a new piece of artwork that is truly new artwork then you should not be violating the copyright of the other person. However, you should consult with an attorney before using any artwork based on the artwork of another person.

            Is parody okay?

              Maybe. ZIPPO generally does not accept parody artwork and will not automatically accept such artwork for use on its lighters or other products. Often we require you to obtain an opinion from your attorney that such use is legally acceptable.

              I am using clip art, is that okay? 

                No. Most clip art, photo collections, or graphic programs contain a license agreement. The license agreement sets forth the specific permissible uses for the clip art. In most instances, the license does not grant you the right to use the clip art commercially, for the sale of merchandise. You should consult the clip art license agreement and your attorney to determine whether you can use the images.

                Can I expedite the shipment of a customized lighter?

                Yes, you can expedite the shipment of a customized lighter, however this does NOT expedite production of the lighter.  Your customized product and any other product in your order will ship via your choose method after the required 10-15 business day production period.   Your choice of shipping method will determine the number of days it will take to be delivered to you once your order ships.  (*Some restrictions apply)