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Legal & ethical guidelines for designs has specific rules regarding the types of graphics and subject matter permitted on items produced and sold through our service when you make your own t-shirt. These rules are divided into two categories: ethical guidelines and legal guidelines.

Ethical Guidelines

  • We will not print: nudity. We will not print any body parts that would normally be covered by underclothing. We will not print very graphic artistic renditions of persons having sex or their sexual body parts. There will also be times when we will not print a picture of some sort of nudity just because it is in very bad taste.
  • We will not print: child nudity.
  • We will not print: hate material. Hate material is anything that speaks to hate of any people, creed or race.

Legal Guidelines

You must possess the full rights in order to use a design (picture, logo, text) in the Spreadshirt Designer, in your Spreadshirt shop or on the Marketplace.

Please double check the legal status or ask the owner for permission if you are not sure before using a design.

  • We will not print: Unofficial merchandise.
  • We will not print: Names, logos, pictures or other intellectual property of musical groups or musical artists.
  • We will not print: Names, logos, pictures, or other intellectual property of sports teams, colleges/universities, clubs or organizations such as Boston Red Sox, Girl Scouts of America, or Princeton University.
  • We will not print: Characters, images, actors or likenesses from cartoon networks, comic books, video games, movies, and television shows.
  • We will not print: Trademarks, names or logos for companies. For example you can not use the name Coca Cola, Coke “It’s the Real Thing” or the design from the cans.


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  • We will not print: photos, caricatures, or other artwork depicting a celebrity. Just because you take a picture of a celebrity,it does not give you the right to use the photo on shirts, even if you alter the photo digitally. As expressed in the first four examples below, personal rights are still owned even if the person is no longer living.

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We have sole discretion over all topics above and if Spreadshirt feels any of the designs submitted border on any of these topics, we will not print them.

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