I have been on the Bubble since April ’08, and have so far had three works de-published by RedBubble admin, and removed several more myself due to copyright issues. I have learned a lot about Australian Copyright laws and have a better understanding about what I can and cannot upload for sale on RedBubble, and indeed other websites overseas.
Copyright infringement, according to the RedBubble User Agreement is: ‘…content that infringes the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person or company…’
Here’s my experience in words (and pictures):
- 1. Don’t upload anything for sale that includes company trademarks, logos or intellectual property.
‘Consume or Die’ was de-published by admin because it obviously contains a lot of copyrighted logos.
‘Olympic Rings’ was de-published by admin because it contains significant elements of the Olympic symbol owned by the IOC. It was also seen to bring the image of the Olympic Games in to disrepute – as stated in the IOC guidelines here.
‘Paradise Drive’ was removed my myself after a request from the Honda Motoring Company because it infringed upon their ‘intellectual property’. Yes – even a model from 1975.
- 2. If you base an artwork or tshirt for sale on a photograph that is owned by someone else, you must get permission to use it, and you should provide a link to that photograph or artist. The difficulty with this is whether your work is signicantly based upon that photo or not – so straight ‘copy’ is definitely out – even if it’s your own drawing/painting/whatever.
‘SAS’ was de-published by admin because they thought it was too close to this painting . In fact, I had based my drawing on a photo taken in 1998 – not this painting. Alas, the Australian Defense Force owns the copyright to the photo and declined my application to post my drawing for sale because ‘it breaches the
rules on the use of Defence Commonwealth copyright imagery’.
So I hope relating my experience with Copyright on RedBubble helps answer some questions you may have had especially if you’re new to the ‘Bub. Be very careful about what you post for sale. If you’re not sure – don’t do it, or email the pic to RedBubble admin first.
If you think someone has infringed upon your own copyright go here and submit the required information to RedBubble.
For more information on Australian Copyright Law go here and read more.