How does copycat detection work? If I list my design, one with white text and one with black text, so I can choose more shirt colors, will this be flagged by the copycat detection or is it ok to do?
That could obviously be a copycat.
But what happens if you upload YOUR OWN design on 4 shirts (different colors and back/front side and different keywords)?
What about the t-shirts which are in style and follows same pattern? For example, straight outta tees. There's not much you can alter for a style that's widely recognized. Does this mean we'll get a violation if we are not the first one to upload on Merch?
I am wondering the same thing as Pratik. There are sometimes 1000s of similar designs using the same phrase and/or style. How can we determine what is okay and not? (Apart from trademark check)
I definitely think we need some more clarification from Amazon on this new policy.
Yes my questions is also what if a copy cat uploads my design, who is going to get busted as a copycat? Uploading first also does not means you are the owner, so all of those people that have their designs stolen can maybe be pointed as copycats since there are duplicates out there of their shirts. You can get your design stolen from another site, uploaded to merch and now you look like a copycat (and some people have been reported as copycats by a copycat)
They need to be more clear how this works.
I'm guessing their 'copycat' rules are to mostly target direct pixel by pixel copies of tees and the next worst iterations (complete pixel copies which have then been re-coloured or re-sized ... and large elements of design (though not complete tees) that have been pixel copied. This rule would potentially best improve the lives of those that create original tees using a substantial portion of original and time consuming artwork. For Tees that are far more text oriented... if we stick to the spirit of this new rule... it probably does mean we should at least use different fonts than the original and/or different word 'arrangements' on the tee itself and for such tees this new rule might prevent 50 versions of almost the same tee-shirt (Amazon clarification here would be very helpful - although I'd also understand if Amazon didn't clarify this point because then it would make people very careful about simply copying a text based idea because there would always be this concern of the consequences). For the designer who wishes to make different colour versions of the same tee... technically this would be infringement, but as you are the original designer then I am sure you could make as many iterations of the same tee as you want.
Amazon knows who uploaded what. They have your IP. If you upload the same design in many colors they will know it was you who did it.
I like the new policies. Copycats are thieves and have to be punished.
I appreciate that Amazon is taking steps to protect our IP. But the biggest problem is off site. Just look up any of your designs on Google Shopping, and you'll see a swarm of thieves that have stolen the image straight off your Amazon listing. The product previews are too flat and high resolution. They need to protect our work from being stolen in the first place.
I like the new news. MBA is taking action. This is like spring cleaning. I believe soon will happen something big. Maybe, selling also in Europe.
Thank you for your question. Please see the following information from our FAQ which can be found here:
Can I use someone else’s artwork in my design?
Designs with the same idea or concept are allowed, the artwork itself however cannot be copied without the owner’s permission. Copying other content creators’ original artwork without their permission is strictly prohibited.
What is a copycat design?
Copycat designs are strictly prohibited and defined as the following:
·Exact reproductions of the entirety or a significant portion of original artwork
·Resized, recolored, or visually adjusted reproductions of original artwork
·Design reproductions containing distinct design elements
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