If you’re looking to sell prints, T-Shirts or other items on Redbubble, be aware that you may be infringing on the copyright of other artists.
In this article, we’ll outline some tips for beginners that will help avoid copyright infringement.
So if you are wondering how to avoid copyright on redbubble then make sure you read this article till the end.
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What Is a Copyright
Copyright is a form of legal protection granted to the creators of original works of authorship, including literary, musical, and artistic works. Copyright law provides the copyright owner with exclusive rights to control the use and distribution of their work.
Copyright owners may license their work for use by others, or they may choose to keep their work under wraps.
Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner.
How To Avoid Copyright On Redbubble
There are a few ways to avoid copyright on Redbubble. One way is to use images that are in the public domain. This means that the image is not protected by copyright and can be used without permission from the copyright holder.
Another way to avoid copyright is to use images that are licensed under a Creative Commons license. This license allows you to use the image as long as you give credit to the original creator. You can also create your own images for use on Redbubble.
If you are a redbubble artist, I suggest you create your original artwork and then sell it on Redbubble, In this way, you will never get copyright notice from Redbubble.
But while creating designs for redbubble make sure you take care of trademark violations as well, now what are trademarks? let’s talk about it.
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What is Trademark law?
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies the source of a product or service. A trademark can be a name, logo, slogan, or any other feature that distinguishes a company’s products or services from those of its competitors. Federal law prohibits unauthorized use of trademarks and provides for civil and criminal penalties for violators.
Trademarks are important to businesses because they help consumers distinguish between products and services.
So while creating products for redbubble make sure you are not using big brand names, logos, phrases, and icons in your designs.
I have seen many redbubble artists selling Disn*y products, this is a trademark violation and their shop can be suspended at any time if the company notices them.
How To Check Registered Trademark For Redbubble
In order to check if a trademark is registered by any company or brand, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) online database.
This can be done by visiting the USPTO website and entering the desired trademark into the search bar. If the trademark is found to be registered, it will be displayed on the results page.
Let’s take a look at how to do a registered trademark search.
Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)
To check if a trademark is registered with Redbubble, one can use the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).
The search engine allows for both word and image searches.
To use the search engine, just visit the option and select the option Basic Word Mark Search.
Now enter your word and click on Submit Query button
It will now list out all the related registered trademarks.
If you want to know more about a particular trademark just click on the work and it will populate a detailed description for that trademark.
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Copyright Mistakes To Avoid
Copyright law can be complicated, and it’s easy to make a mistake when you’re uploading artwork to Redbubble. Here are a few tips to help you avoid any copyright issues:
1. Don’t use copyrighted materials like images, logos, artwork or quotes that you don’t own the copyright to. This includes stock photos, famous quotes, and copyrighted artwork., if you do so it will be counted as a copyright violation
2. Be careful when making minor tweaks to copyrighted images. Even if you change the colors or add your own text, you could still be infringing on the copyright owner’s rights and get your redbubble account suspended.
3. Always credit the original artist whenever you use someone else’s work in your artwork under the fair use policy. This is the polite thing to do, and it is a sweet gesture, so if artists came to know about your redbubble shop and they see that you are giving them proper credits there will be fewer chances of them filing copyright infringement claims.
How does copyright work on redbubble
When an artist uploads an original design to Redbubble, they are automatically granted copyright protection for that design. This means that other users cannot copy the design without the artist’s permission. If someone does copy the design without permission, the artist can file a copyright claim to have the infringing material removed from the site.
But if you are using others’ artwork or designs in your redbubble products, the original owner has the right to file a copyright claim against you and take down your redbubble account.
How to avoid copyright infringement on redbubble
When you create an original work, you automatically own the copyright to that work. However, if you choose to post your work on a site like Redbubble, you must be careful not to infringe on the copyrights of others. Here are a few tips to help you avoid copyright infringement:
1. Always use your own original artwork and photographs. Do not copy or use the work of others without their permission.
2. If you use images that are in the public domain, be sure to credit the source and include a link back to the original source.
3. When creating text-based works, be sure to use your own original writing. Do not copy or plagiarize the work of others.
4. Be aware of the licensing agreements for any images or fonts that you use on your site.
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Can I sell public domain images on Redbubble?
Yes! You can use the public domain images on Redbubble as they are copyright free or their copyright is expired but make sure you credit the source of the image and provide a link back to where it was found, but you don’t need to ask permission or pay royalties.
Just make sure that the image is actually in the public domain- there are some restrictions on use depending on where you live.
In conclusion, by following the simple tips provided in this article, you can avoid any copyright issues when selling on Redbubble.
Remember to use your own artwork, be aware of trademark infringement, and give credit to original owners if you are using their work. With a little bit of caution, you can enjoy a safe and successful experience selling on Redbubble!