If you create designs and submit them to online stores like Redbubble or Teepublic, you will soon find out that there are a lot of thieves. They will steal your designs and try to sell them in their own stores.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to deal with them. You have to send a Notice of Copyright Infringement (or DMCA Notice) to the website that stolen images are sold on.
So, let’s say you notice your art being sold without your permission in someone else’s store. All stores have dedicated email addresses for reporting copyright infringement.
- Redbubble: email@example.com.
- Teepublic: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Spreadshirt: email@example.com
- Etsy: firstname.lastname@example.org, but they prefer you use their form for reporting: www.etsy.com/legal/ip/report
You can find how to write a notice of copyright infringement on the Internet so I won’t repeat that here. But I will show you the template that I use for reporting stolen art. You can copy it, supply your links where indicated, and send it.
My DMCA Template
<–Short intoduction, e.g.: My name is…, My website/porfolio … –>
The material being infringed upon:
<—Here you provide the title of your artwork that was stolen and a link to your design online, it can be on your website, or any of your stores. –>
The material that is infringing upon my intellectual property:
<— Here you provide links where your design is stolen illegaly –>
<–Your full name –>
<–Your address –>
<–Your phone number –>
<–Your e-mail address –>
I have a good faith belief that the content described above violates my rights described above, and that the use of such content is contrary to law.
I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information contained in this notification is correct and accurate and that I am the owner of the rights described above.
<– Your full name –>