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Content Usage Policy

Welcome to the TFUND Content Usage Policy. This Content Usage Policy sets forth the guidelines for use of content through the TFUND Service. Users of the TFUND Service are responsible for making sure their content complies with this Content Usage Policy. If you believe a user is infringing upon your intellectual property rights please use the process set forth in our Intellectual Property Rights Policy. If you would like to report something that you believe does not comply with this Content Usage Policy, please email

Questionable Material & Prohibited Content

All content being used in connection with the TFUND Service will be graded using a White - Gray - Black scale. Content that is clearly acceptable to use will fall within the White Zone. Content that is strictly prohibited will fall within the Black Zone. Content that is questionable will fall within the Gray Zone. Content that is deemed to be in the Gray Zone but closer to White Zone may have a higher probability of not being removed from a user's shop, while content that is deemed to be in the Gray Zone but closer to the Black Zone may have a higher probability of being removed.

Below are some general types of content that are prohibited on TFUND. TFUND will determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, whether your content is in compliance with this Content Usage Policy (CUP). Any content that is determined to be in the Gray Zone may be subject to removal in accordance with the TFUND Terms of Service and Content Owner Agreement.

General Guidelines for Prohibited Content

  • Content that may infringe on the rights of a third a party.
  • Items that make inappropriate use of swastikas or other Nazi symbols and/or glamorize the actions of Hitler or other individuals or groups advocating ethnic cleansing, genocide or similar activities;.
  • Use of marks that signify hate towards another group of people.
  • Hate and/or racist terms.
  • Items that containing symbols, flags, language or likeness which glorify the Confederacy (including the Confederate Flag).
  • Inappropriate content or nudity that is not artistic in nature.
  • Content that exploits images or the likeness of minors.
  • Obscene and vulgar comments and offensive remarks that harass, threaten, defame or abuse others such as F*** (Ethnic Group).
  • Content that depicts violence, is obscene, abusive, fraudulent or threatening such as an image of a murder victim, morgue shots, promotion of suicide, etc.
  • Content that glamorizes the use of "hard core" illegal substance and drugs such as a person injecting a vial of a substance in their body.
  • Material that is generally offensive or in bad taste, as determined by TFUND.

The list outlined above should NOT be construed as an exhaustive list of offensive material but rather as a general guideline for you to follow.

Click here for Examples of Prohibited Content

PLEASE NOTE: TFUND has millions of users from varied backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures, who differ in their views about what is considered offensive and acceptable. We recognize that with such global diversity there will be differences about what is considered offensive and that someone somewhere in the world may be offended by the opinions, perspectives and creative expressions of some of our users. We ask that all users respect each others' right to express themselves in a manner consistent with this Content Usage Policy.

Marketing Restrictions

Prohibited Software
ou may not use any software to advertise, market or promote your TFUND products and shops if the software does any of the following:

  • Surreptitiously gathers a user's personally identifiable information without the user's explicit consent
  • Restricts the user's ability to close or remove pop-ups, pop-unders, or other advertisements that cover otherwise viewable content
  • Displays an unreasonable number of pop-up or pop-under advertisements per day or per web browsing session
  • Markets to children under the age of 13
  • Sends unsolicited information or material to another computer
  • Diverts the user to another site not requested by the user
  • Initiates or terminates a user's connection to the Internet
  • Modifies the user's settings with respect to browser home page, Internet connections (including default access provider), bookmarks, or security levels
  • Keystroke logging
  • Automatically re-installs or re-activates itself or another application after being uninstalled or removed by the user
  • Removes or disables security, pop-up-blocking, anti-virus, anti-Adware, or anti-spyware programs on the user's computer
  • Does not allow the user to uninstall and/or remove the software from their computer
  • Does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations

Any commercial email you send to market and promote your TFUND shops or products, or related to your use of the TFUND Service must comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 as amended and any other applicable laws governing email communications, including without limitation, the following:

  • You may not use false or misleading header information. The emails "From," "To," and routing information, including the originating domain name and email address, must be accurate and identify the person who initiated the email.
  • You may not use deceptive subject lines. The subject line cannot mislead the recipient about the contents or subject matter of the message.
  • You must provide a return email address or another Internet-based response mechanism that allows a recipient to ask you not to send future email messages to that email address, and you must honor the request.
  • Your message must contain a clear and conspicuous notice that the message is an advertisement or solicitation and that the recipient can opt out of receiving more commercial email from you. It also must include your valid physical postal address.
  • You may not use "spam," "blast-faxes" or recorded telephone messages to market or sell products.

For more information on compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 please visit the Federal Trade Commission website at

URLs, Keywords, Search Terms, and other Identifiers
You may not use in your domain name or URL, nor may you purchase or register in any search, referral, or advertising service (such as Google's AdWords program) any of the following terms:

  • Any domestic or international TFUND company trademarks, and all translations thereof, including without limitation, "TFUND", "," or any URL or keyword string that includes TFUND company names (for example, ""); or variations of any TFUND company trademarks.* Please note: this is not an exhaustive list of prohibited words, phrases, or combinations thereof.
  • You may not link any search, referral or advertising directly to any of the TFUND domains (e.g., including without limitation, shop pages, marketplaces pages, product pages and homepages.

TFUND Branding Bar
You may not remove or alter the TFUND branding on your storefront and store pages.

False or Misleading Marketing Material
You may not use false or misleading content to market and promote your shops and products. Some examples of false and misleading information are:

  • Making claims that the proceeds from products sales will go to a charity without first obtaining permission from such charity to use their name in connection with product sales.
  • Use of a third party trademark to market your content (e.g. using "Gucci" in your product descriptions, product titles, tags or other SEO text on your TFUND shop).
  • You may not spam or attempt to deliberately subvert the results of the TFUND directory or search engine with false, misleading, or unnecessarily repetitive information (e.g., tag spamming or artificially increasing your TFUND search results rankings).


Product Restrictions

All images created for the below products must comply with the following rules. Please note that the rules may be more restrictive than the TFUND Content Usage Policy, however you must adhere to the following brand guidelines and requirements. We reserve the right to remove any products from the site that violate these terms at any time without notice and without incurring any liability to you or any third party.


  • No use of the Gaiam name or logo unless specifically approved by Gaiam
  • No use of profanity or vulgar language
  • No language that is hateful, defamatory, obscene, derogatory, inciteful or aggressive
  • No use of imagery relating to weapons or explosives or that celebrates violent behavior, or injury or death to any living thing
  • No use of religious imagery, symbols, statements or slogans in a derogatory, mocking or controversial manner
  • No use of sexually-suggestive language or graphics
  • No use of third party intellectual property (including song lyrics, other copyrighted material, logos, characters or other trademarks, etc.)
  • No politically-oriented material or statements (including references to Republican, Democrat, specific candidates, politicians or issues)
  • No nudity (including female breasts, male or female genitalia, bare bottoms, etc.)
  • No business advertising
  • No church names, company names, school names, abbreviations of school names, sports teams or their slogans, tag lines, logos or trademarks
  • No events other than those with a family name incorporated (e.g. "Johnson Family Reunion")
  • No derogatory references to race, gender, religion, mental or physical disability or impairment, or obesity


  • No alternative use of the official SIGG corporate logo
  • No use of the word "SIGG" in support of any specific causes or religious issues
  • No use of profanity, vulgar or hateful language
  • No use of violent graphic imagery (e.g., guns, knives)
  • No use of controversial religious imagery
  • No use of explicit sexual language or graphics
  • No use of other copyrighted material
  • No political party affiliations (e.g., republican, democrat, candidates)


  • No alternative use of the official Thermos corporate logo
  • No use of the word "Thermos" in support of any specific causes or religious issues
  • No use of profanity, vulgar or hateful language
  • No use of violent graphic imagery (e.g., guns, knives)
  • No use of controversial religious imagery
  • No use of explicit sexual language or graphics
  • No use of derogatory or disparaging language or imagery pertaining to disabilities, race, religion or nationality
  • No use of Thermos products in TFUND fan portals
  • No use of unauthorized copyrighted materials
  • No political party affiliations (e.g., republican, democrat, candidates)
  • No misrepresentations (e.g., "Made in the USA" on a product made in China or "Not Made in China" on a product made in China)


Intellectual Property Information

This Intellectual Property information is provided to help you better understand Intellectual Property laws as they relate to your use of content through TFUND. The information contained on this page is for informative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For specific advice regarding your use of content through TFUND, please consult an attorney.


What is a Copyright?
Copyright protects original works of authorship, such as a picture, drawing, graphics, software program, written work, sculpture, song, or photograph. A copyright is created as soon as a work is fixed in a tangible medium (e.g., on paper, on video, on canvas, etc.). A copyright is a bundle of rights, including the exclusive right to distribute, sell, duplicate, publicly perform, and create derivative works from the original work. Copyright law prevents you from copying, distributing, selling, or publicly performing another's original work without permission. Copyright law also prevents you from creating derivative works based upon or derived from another's original work without permission. Copyright protects original expressions of ideas not the ideas themselves.

How long does copyright protection last?
As a general rule, for works created after Jan. 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first. For works created prior to 1978, the term of a copyright depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication. In general works created before 1922 are in the public domain. However, if a change has been made to a work taken from the public domain, the new work may be copyrightable and protected. To determine the length of copyright protection for a particular work, consult chapter 3 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code).

What material is in the public domain?
A work of authorship is in the "public domain" if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. You should NOT presume that material is in the public domain without verifying it with an attorney or other reputable source. You should also NOT presume that material publicly available on private or commercial websites is not protected by copyright.

What is fair use?
"Fair use" is a principle of copyright law allows for the unauthorized use of another's original copyrighted work for the purposes of criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. In determining whether a given use is "fair," courts look at four primary factors:

  • The purpose and character of a use.
  • The nature of a copyrighted work.
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion of the work used.
  • The effect upon the copyright holder's potential market for the used work.

Fair use is a difficult and murky concept, even for experts, so you should consult with an attorney before using copyrighted material in connection with the TFUND Service, even if you think that such use is "fair." One way to evaluate whether a use is "fair" is to consider your own reaction if someone used your work without permission.

For more information on copyright visit the United States Copyright Office at and the federal law on copyrights (U.S.C. Title 17)



What is a Trademark?
A trademark is a word, name, symbol or other device that identifies the goods or services of a given person or company and distinguishes them from the goods or services of other persons or companies. Trademark law prevents you from using another's trademark (such as the name of a musical group or artist) on your merchandise, because such use will cause consumers to believe that the trademark owner has made, approved of, or endorsed your merchandise. In short, a trademark is someone's name/brand. For example,® is a registered trademark.

What is a Service Mark?
Any word, name, symbol, or device or any combination thereof adopted and used by a merchant to identify and distinguish their services from those provided by others and to indicate the source of the services. For instance, "What's your passion" is a Service Mark of TFUND.

What can be trademarked?
Word(s), word(s) plus design, trade dress, packaging, sounds, slogans, smells, service marks, geographic marks, collective marks, certification marks, and family marks.

What is Trade Dress?
Trade dress can function as a trademark and is used to identify the goods of a party in the marketplace. For instance, trade dress can be the shape of a Coca Cola bottle or the shape of a classic Volkswagen Beetle car.

What are Trademark Rights?
An owner of a trademark/service mark has the right to use that trademark/service mark and to prevent others from benefiting from the trademark/service mark's good reputation and recognition in the marketplace.

What is the difference between a Trademark and a Registered Trademark?
The ® symbol represents that a trademark is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The ® symbol may only be used in association with a trademark that is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If the trademark/service mark is followed by a TM or SM symbol the goods/services provider is using the mark as a trademark, although the mark may not be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

For more information on Trademarks visit United States Patent and Trademark Office at and the federal law on trademarks (U.S.C. Title 15)


Right of Publicity

What is Right of Publicity?
The "right of publicity" makes it unlawful to use another's identity for commercial advantage without permission. A person's "identity" includes, for example, his look, voice, name, nickname, professional name, and other distinctive characteristics. For example, the Right of Publicity prohibits you using the picture of a celebrity without authorization on your merchandise.


Right of Privacy

What is the Right of Privacy?
Generally, individuals have a "right of privacy." An invasion of this right can occur in four ways:

  • Public disclosure of private facts (publication of true, but embarrassing information of no legitimate concern to the public).
  • "False light" (publication of information that creates a false or misleading embarrassing impression of a person).
  • Intrusion (improper acquisition of private information).
  • Misappropriation of name and likeness (similar to a "right of publicity").



What is defamation?
Defamation occurs when:

A false and damaging statement of fact; concerning an individual or entity; is communicated to a person or persons other than the individual or entity whom the false or damaging fact is about (i.e., published); and the person publishing such information knew or should have known it to be false.

In this circumstance, "published" means that such statement was written or verbally communicated to another. Written defamation is also known as "libel." Verbal defamation is also known as "slander."


Examples of Prohibited Content

In accordance with intellectual property laws, TFUND has certain rules regarding the types of merchandise that you can make and sell through its service. For example:

  • NO UNOFFICIAL MERCHANDISE, such as professional sports teams, videogame or Olympics merchandise.
  • NO use of names, logos, pictures or other intellectual property of musical groups or musical artists. For example, you cannot make Britney Spears merchandise simply because you run a fan-based Britney Spears website or just because you downloaded her image from an internet website. You also cannot modify the name or other intellectual property of a musical group and avoid infringement, (e.g., using Metalika instead of Metallica).
  • NO use of names, logos, pictures, or other intellectual property of sports teams, colleges/universities, clubs, or organizations such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Harvard University, or The Boy Scouts. Modifications may not avoid infringement.
  • NO photos, logos, caricatures, or other artwork depicting celebrities, such as Michael Jackson or Madonna, or other third parties. Just because you take a photograph of a celebrity does not give you the right to use that photograph on merchandise, even if you digitally manipulate the photograph. Political figures are permissible because there is an exception to the general rule for political figures.
  • NO use of trademarks, names, or logos of companies. For example, you cannot use the name of a company such as Nike or company logo such as the Nike "swoosh" trademark.
  • NO pictures or photographs of products (such as toys). Even if you own a product, trademark laws may still prohibit you from selling merchandise that features pictures of it. For example, you cannot take a picture of your Barbie and sell Barbie merchandise with that picture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does TFUND own the rights to my content?
No, you retain all rights to your content, but grant a non-exclusive license to TFUND to allow TFUND to print and ship your products to your customers. For more information on the license you grant to TFUND please review the Terms of Service and Content Owner Agreement.

If it does not have a copyright notice, is it ok to use?
Almost all works are protected by copyright, even if they do not have a copyright notice. Therefore, you should assume that you need to obtain permission to use any material that you did not create.

If I do not mark up the selling price of my products, is it still infringement?
If a product is not marked up from its base price, that sale can still be considered an infringement, even if you are buying the product yourself. Merely posting an image in your shop, whether or not it is on products, may be considered an infringing use of the image.

Is it ok to use an image I found on the Internet?
Simply because an image is found on the Internet does not mean that it is in the public domain or available for commercial use on merchandise. You should assume that 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.

Is it Fair Use?
Usually not, fair use of a work for merchandise is treated very differently than for use for informative purposes or for commentary. In general, a claim of fair use of a work when it is used on merchandise may not hold up in court, especially if the merchandise is sold for profit.

If I took a photograph of a celebrity or a company logo can I use it to make merchandise?
Probably not, simply taking a photo of a person, company, brand, or logo does not afford 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. For example, if you take a photograph of a Madonna, you only own the rights to the photograph, but not the right to use the photo to create and sell Madonna merchandise. In order to sell merchandise with the photograph, you will need to obtain explicit permission from the celebrity.

Do I have to obtain a copyright registration for my creative work?
No, but there are advantages to registering your copyrights. Current copyright law does not require you to register a creative work in order to hold a valid copyright for that work. However, a registration maybe required before you can file a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In addition, if you register your work within 5 years after the initial release of the work, you will have stronger evidence of the validity of the copyright. Essentially, that means that it will be easier to prove that you own the copyright in the work.

I based my artwork on the artwork of a third party, is that ok?
It depends. Artwork derived from the previous work of another may violate the rights of the owner of the previous work. If you are creating a design that is based on the work of someone else, you may need to obtain permission from the original creator prior to creating your own work. You should consult with an attorney before using works based on the work of another through the TFUND Service.

It's parody, is it ok?
Parody is one form of fair use (please see "What is Fair Use"). Parody may qualify as fair use only if it draws upon the original composition to make humorous or ironic commentary about that same composition. Whether something falls within the fair use parody exception depends on whether the parody reasonably could be perceived as commenting on the original or criticizing it, to some degree. Generally parody, like fair use, is a difficult and murky concept, even for experts, and you should consult with an attorney before using copyrighted or trademark material in connection with the TFUND Service.

I am using Clip Art, is it ok?
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 for the sale of merchandise. You should consult the license agreement and your attorney to determine whether you can use the clip art images on TFUND.

The First Amendment protects my freedom of speech, so I can use whatever images I want.
Freedom of speech is a constitutional protection that guarantees that the government will not oppress your right to self-expression.

Do Political Figures have a Right of Publicity?
While the right of publicity law varies state to state, generally, political figures, like any other person, have the right to control the commercial use of their name, image, likeness or any other distinctive characteristic. However, certain uses of political figures may raise to the level of protected speech given the fundamental First Amendment principles of unfettered debate and discussion on public issues and governmental affairs.

Do I need a lawyer to register a copyright?
Not really, to register the copyright for a work, you may file an application with the United States Copyright Office. The application must include copies of the work and the appropriate filing fee. For more information, you can access the Copyright Office website at