If I'm in the process of starting my own fly rod business, do I need permission from the respective companies to use their materials on my final products before I begin selling?
Question Details: I make fly rods and wood fishing nets and want to begin selling them. Some of the materials I use to finish my products are not mine, I did not make them. For example, the metal components on my fly rods and the net material on my wood fishing nets.
You only need their permission if:
1) when you buy the components, the terms of sale say they are "not for resale"--in that case, you would need their permission to resell them (including as part of a new product);
2) you reference the companies or their trademarks, such as in your advertising, in which case you need their permission to use their names or marks.
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