Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Is the famous phrase from Ali copyrighted? OR would it fall under “common useage” rules?

I am checking online now, but just in case my googlefu not up to task, would like a second opinion…

thanks in advance

A short phrase like this one cannot be copyrighted, but according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this phrase has been trademarked by The Mohammad Ali Family Trust.

Thanks - I think we will be safe in our useage, we are attributing the quote, are not a competing product and using the phrasing as a description…


The quote was used in an advertisement for Brut cologne back in the 70s. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The good smell of Brut and Muhammed Ali”. May be some legal problems there.

Ali was the official Brut spokesman at the time. He was paid for his endorsement.

This is the type of thing where you don’t assume, you consult a lawyer.