Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Did copyright vanish when I wasn't looking?

[ profile] Johncoxon sent me a link to this awesome Rick & Morty/Portal T-Shirt, which I duly voted for on Qwertee.

And then I took a look at their other potential t-shirts (they print one t-shirt per day, based on which ones their members vote for).

And then I took a look at their submission page for new designs.

And then I took a look at their Terms and Conditions.

Do you know what's not in there anywhere I can see? Anything saying "By the way, we have licensing deals with Warners,Disney, and Cartoon Network allowing us to make money off of their characters."

Now, personally, I think that Batman should be massively out of copyright by now. But me wanting it doesn't make it so - and I'm curious as to why this site hasn't been sued into a massive hole in the ground.

Am I missing something?

I also note that the submission form refers to the "submission terms and conditions", which I can't find anywhere on the site. And that it looks from their other Ts&Cs that they own anything you submit to them. Although they say elsewhere "Designs that have been submitted to Qwertee remain the property of the artist, while they are on display/up for voting on Qwertee." - which leaves a big gap aroundt-shirts that they print...

Edit: I know that fanfic/fanvids/fanart gets away with this. But that stuff is resolutely not-for-profit. This is making money.

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