Copy Written, or Trade Marked??

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Ok so this might be a stupid question but I just want to make sure beforehand.  Can I sell shirts that use images or "similar logos" to that of actual characters from movies and TV shows? They don't directly have names or logos but it's pretty easy to tell what film/show it's from. 

I'm sorry if you have to go through them all but the site won't let me just upload the images.

Here are links to what I am referring to and wanted to include in my store. 

https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2026079-finding-francis

https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/1545437-pocket-groot

https://www.theshirtlist.com/stranger-t-shirt-2

https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2090178-the-demopug

https://teeqq.com/products/i-cant-adult-today-marvel-lazy-deadpool-shirts

https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/373721-one-punch-man

https://m.dhgate.com/product/2017-new-brand-pumba-t-shirt-summer-famous/396022263.html#pd-014

https://www.etsy.com/listing/164631962/walter-white-meth-labs-funny-disney

The only difference is like I said, I will not directly say any names (except for the Walter White Disney and Pumba shirts). 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Hi there Leo!

Don here from Shopify. :)

We can't actually give legal advice from here ourselves, so we would always have to direct you to contact a qualified legal expert in your jurisdiction for information.

What we can let you know is that we are obliged to remove any content which infringes on intellectual properties or copyrighted material under our DMCA notice policy.

You can check out some more of our legal policies here, though -- as above -- we would advise that you consult a legal expert in your area to get an answer on this.

Best of luck with everything!

Regards,
Don

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Hi Don, 

I am preparing my cvs files to upload my products but I do not see Trade Mark symbols, at my site, even though I have them on the file.

How can I upload my products with their descriptions, including this symbol?  ®

p.s.:  I am using Apple MacBook Pro.

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