What’s the difference between Britney with one “t” and Brittany with two “t”s? Ten thousand T-s. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A British t-shirt vendor thought he’d capitalize on the Free Britney movement by printing up ten thousand t-shirts that say #freebrittany. One problem, Britney Spears spells her name B-R-I-T-N-E-Y, and his t-shirts spell it B-R-I-T-T-A-N-Y, which is a region in France. He’s now stuck with ten thousand t-shirts. But what if he had spelled it right? Do you have the right just to sell stuff with a hashtag you didn’t create? You can, unless someone else has a trademark on it.
As for #freebritney, there is a trademark application, filed by a man active in the Free Britney movement who says he will give the profits to the actual Britney when she is no longer under the conservatorship. As for the t-shirt vendor, he’s said he’s dropping the price from sixteen bucks to four in the hopes of #freeingcashflow.