Redbubble Featuring Copyright Infringments

I read somewhere that Redbubbles “Featured” t-shirt designs are selected automatically using a hits/ favourites/ comments criterion but it very, very often selects designs that are blatant copyright infringements. This is unfair on law abiding designers, bad for Redbubble’s image and probably breaking the law (or at least giving it a really bad Chinese burn). I propose that Redbubble keep the automatic process except implement a moderation step by actual humans. More work for Redbubble? Sure, but group moderators do it all the time for free and in much greater volumes.

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Comments

  • BYRON
    BYRONabout 3 years ago

    I have had discussions with Admin about this very thing.

    At the moment RB is sticking with the DMCA process, and that is the complete extent of the action they will take against copyright infringement.

    Basically – its up to the original artist / copyright owner to advise the infringing member via the DMCA process. If the original artist can not be located or is not made aware of the infringements, then nothing will happen, and RB will not take any action either.

    The reporting system, whereby a member was challenged to produce evidence that they had permission to use copyrighted material, has been scrapped because it was time consuming, had legal issues, and some members were using it as a form of harrassment.

    So now, we do nothing.

    Admin are satisfied with the DMCA process, even if it means that in effect – nothing actually happens.

    Admin do agree that a better system than the DMCA needs to be implemented, but there is nothing available at this time.

    So, basically, if you are unable or unwilling to spend your time tracking down the original artist / copyright owner, then just disregard any copyright infringements that you see on RedBubble, because the sole responsibility now lies with the copyright owner.

    And yes…. this sucks the big fat hairy one!

  • It’s one thing to not do anything about unlawful works but to actively endorse them is too much. They have to stop featuring these hacks!

    – Michael Lee

  • …and it’s a pleasure to hear from you again BYRON. :)

    – Michael Lee

  • Danny
    Dannyabout 3 years ago

    Basically – its up to the original artist / copyright owner to advise the infringing member via the DMCA process. If the original artist can not be located or is not made aware of the infringements, then nothing will happen, and RB will not take any action either.

    THUS RB CAN STILL PROFIT FROM IT

    So now, we do nothing.

    DOES THIS MEAN BYRON IS ACTUALLY AN ADMIN MEMBER? COULD EXPLAIN ALL THE QUICK RESPONSES TO NEGATIVE COMMENTS IN THE GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM

    Sorry for hijacking your post Mike, have you seen this?

  • Hijacking is allowed, Danny. :) I read the blog and if the author’s account is accurate I agree that RB acted unprofessionally but saw no evidence for the author’s assertion that RB stole the artwork and sold copies for themselves. Maybe he was referring to his outstanding sales? Maybe he was a hack in breach of the law? I don’t know.

    Ditto on “THUS RB CAN STILL PROFIT FROM IT”. I’d like to think that RB just don’t have the resources or legal backbone to reject infringing works but my sceptic sense is tingling.

    – Michael Lee

  • BYRON
    BYRONabout 3 years ago

    Hiya Danny,

    No I am not Admin [a common misconception] – I just talk to them a lot.

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryabout 3 years ago

    Thank you for your post Michael. I support your suggestion.

  • Thanks Bascom.

    – Michael Lee