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Important Updates to Teespring's IP Policy & Protocol

Kate ShoafKate Shoaf Teespring Team
edited February 1 in Announcements
We are committed to protecting your unique and original content and preventing problematic sellers from accessing Teespring. Learn about the latest updates to Teespring’s Intellectual Property Policy and Protocol. These changes are effective immediately and may impact your ability to sell products through the Boosted Network. 

IP Update: https://goo.gl/DU7sL8


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  • I feel like I should know what the Boosted Network is by now, but I don't.  In your IP Update link, you say the following:
    You can report copycats on Teespring and the Boosted Network too.
    Can you elaborate on what the Boosted Network is?  And how we can check for copycats on it?
  • Greetings. I have been making and selling designs on multiple websites for over 5 years. Recently I decided to upload my portfolio to Teespring only to find out over 100 of my designs are already on it. Much to my surprise, my stolen work can not only be found on Teespring but also on Teespring’s Ebay. Some of it must be doing quite well as it shows up at the top of the search results with people watching and multiple reported sales. I can only imagine how much money some disgusting thieves AND Teespring made off of my hard labor. Obviously, like every designer, I find this deeply immoral and unethical. I have put hundreds – if not thousands – of hours into developing a high-quality portfolio, and now I have to file for copyright infringement of EVERY SINGLE WORK? Considering the size of my portfolio this is simply unrealistic. I’m sending you an email with the list of selected campaigns that I expect you to remove as well as proofs of ownership of my stolen designs. Considering how much money you must have made off of many cheated artists like me, I expect you to take this seriously.

    Below you can find one of my designs. This particular one I made on April 22, 2014. I have the original .psd file to prove it. Both Teespring and some highly unethical individual enjoy profiting from it without my permission. That is just one of my designs, there are many many more. This HAS TO STOP!

    https://teespring.com/shop/new-japanese-geisha?aid=marketplace&tsmac=marketplace&tsmic=search#pid=369&cid=6512&sid=front

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Geisha-Premium-Tee-T-Shirt/282708295053?_trkparms=aid=111001&algo=REC.SEED&ao=1&asc=20160908105057&meid=6d84ef47fb004808b84fb2f3fd8eb3f5&pid=100675&rk=2&rkt=15&sd=263471003420&itm=282708295053&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A5374b0e6-07ed-11e8-a867-74dbd18087a0%7Cparentrq%3A557c1b331610a86681128d50fffe6b45%7Ciid%3A1

  • Kate ShoafKate Shoaf Teespring Team
    @Kamil Michal Tokarski @MaverickTiger - you can report all copycats to [email protected] Keep in mind once the listings are removed from teespring.com they'll also be removed from the Boosted Network (eBay, Amazon, Walmart, Wish). 
  • It has been 10 days since I reported copycat designs to you. So far nothing has changed, all my stolen designs are still being sold on your platform. 
  • edited February 8
    Quite informative post ,just like the way of presenting the content and giving the knowledge in the better way
  • Kate ShoafKate Shoaf Teespring Team
    @Kamil Michal Tokarski - I can find no record of your email to [email protected] in our database (the email associated with your Teespring account). When you contacted us did you receive the auto-reply with your case number? If not please try emailing [email protected] again. If you still do not receive a case number please let me know. 
  • edited February 15


    In order to receive an auto response email from Teespring in regards to IP infringement send your DMCA to: [email protected]  The auto response should read as follows: 
    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out! We have received your request, and our Trust & Safety team is investigating your inquiry. 

    If you have not included the email address associated with your Teespring account as well as the name of the campaign in question, please reply to your original email and do so. We are unable to respond to emails that are missing such information.

    If you have questions about why your campaign was removed, please see our Help Center article here.

    Thank you,
    Team Teespring
    ----------------------
    Also Kamil as a suggestion I am sending you a FREE app link that will help grab the URLS from the page that is a real big time saver. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/link-grabber/caodelkhipncidmoebgbbeemedohcdma?hl=en-US
    Now as another tool to uncover where your designs are being displayed besides running searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo. You can use a photo reverse search on Google and this handy app : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tineye-reverse-image-sear/haebnnbpedcbhciplfhjjkbafijpncjl?hl=en

    I've been dealing with these issues since November and just recently filed on 2/12/18 124 more infringements. You are more than welcome to message me on Facebook if you need help with this and I got more tips to share with you or anyone who needs help.

    If your designs are infringed on here you may also want to check www.pro.teechip.com, www.sunfrog.com these sites are loaded with offenders of IP Infringements I recently filed 2359 infringing urls on Pro.Teechip recently. 

    It's annoying and frustrating as we all well know. I now have to dedicate a day to hunting pirates of my intellectual property once a week. 
     
  • Just an update. I finally got the copycat designs removed. Thank you Teesprings. 

    @Millicent Peters I greatly appreciate your suggestions. I will definitely check out the apps you recommended and scan through other websites to hunt the pirates. Seems like the internet has ways to go in terms of protecting artists and creators.
  • Kate ShoafKate Shoaf Teespring Team
    edited February 15
    Thanks @Kamil Michal Tokarski for letting us know :) our team is working hard to optimize response times.

    Hey @Millicent Peters + @Kamil Michal Tokarski - please note that contacting [email protected] directly / using the IP form is the best way to get assistance with this type of issue. [email protected] does not handle these requests and tagging multiple departments can prolong getting a resolution. Please make sure to read our most recent updates to IP protocol here

    IP Claim Form Reminder

    Please keep in mind the IP Claim Form will remain available for individuals who would like to report infringement on their legally registered artwork. Only use this form if you have a copyright or trademark registration number or if you are making a claim regarding a design of yours that you do not sell on Teespring.

  • Hi there,

    I'm a South African that is in the process of setting up multiple campaigns of designs that I've created, and I'm really worried about IP protection. Please can you advise what needs to be done in terms of registering my trademark in the States, if I need to do so, or if I can simply register in my home country?
  • Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends on the national laws of that country. However, most countries offer protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions.

    The Universal Copyright Convention (UCC), adopted in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952, is one of the two principal international conventions protecting copyright; the other is the Berne Convention.

    In most countries, the place of first publication determines the availability of copyright protection. Some countries require certain formalities (e.g., registration notice) to maintain copyright protection. Other countries offer little or no protection for the works of foreign nationals. Before publishing a work anywhere, you should investigate the scope of protection available, as well as the specific legal requirements for copyright protection in countries where you want it. 

    You'll need to either research the laws of copyright in your country (see if there is a reciprocal agreement in place with the USA)  or get advisement from a copyright or intellectual property specialist (attorney) in your country to see what are the copyright protections that your country avails to you.
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