Holy Threadless rip-off, Batman! 2nd Update: The Sound of Color Ripp Off

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corey9

oooh. i dunno. that one you found up there has a nice simplicity to it. similar thought, completely different execution.

staffell
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I dunno man, I think the idea is different. Albeit very similar, but I doubt it's a rip off

ginetteginette
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probably heavily influenced by ross' tee but i don't know if it can qualify as a rip really. i mean, i'd be disappointed if i had made the original and then had seen that new one but, what can you do, right?

Spam69

It's probably harder to find A Threadless design that hasn't been ripped off recently. Dales squeeze design was copied recently. I suppose if it's a direct rip off Threadless can easily sue. If they just copy the idea and transform it slightly perhaps it isn't so clear cut.

TheInfamousBaka
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I'm pretty sure the Threadless version was used for "inspiration" at least. The simplicity of the bike and design itself is pretty similar.

kissmeimshitfaced

I found one in a Swedish porno magazine a few months ago, I must put it up.

ginetteginette
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i don't think copyrights work that way.

Switz213

Wow. This is like my fave printed Slogan tee for awhile. Stop the rippers!

staffell
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did you see this?

SuperRyan
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Zazzle has a lot of stolen typetees too

staffell
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ahhh, zazzle is the scourge of humanity - i bet they sit there surfing the threadless blogs for ideas

SuperRyan
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Ross is boss

FRICKINAWESOME
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I dunno, i kinda dig the infinity symbol actually being the wheels, it coulda been done a bit nicer and more artistically, but i kinda like that one better and don't pick apart my soul for saying so!

As for the boomerang one, no words how awful that version is.

I saw the BRB one before Andrew's though i think...

taong tite

BUSTED TEES came up with this shirt years ago.



also this one. it's all about the money, player. if it's a seller then it'll print. that simple. no more whining whatsoever!




and so now tell me who's making a come back... I'll answer that for y'all.

It's TAONG TITE... Bwahargh!

[+duracell-]

^^copyrights, inspirations, and impersonations aside.. I thought scanning currency was illegal.

secular taco

i think your looking for a connection when there may just be coincidence.

lunchboxbrain
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I'm not sure when the BRB design was created but rest assured, it had no influence whatsoever on mine. That Cafepress shirt, however, is a direct rip of my type tee. No question about it.

staffell
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i know the Boomerang BRB tee is old, I just posted it up :)

kaloyster
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RATM - Year of tha Boomerang.mp3

lunchboxbrain
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Just received a follow up email from CafePress that stated the following (in short - won't bother you with the entire email):

In this case, the user’s design you objected to does not copy your expression of the short phrase “Boomerangs: They’re making a come back”. Instead, the user merely includes the same short phrase which is not subject to copyright protection. For more information on the unavailability of copyright protection for short phrases, please see the U.S. Copyright Office’s circular on the subject available at http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ34.html.

Tikimasters
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^ That's bullshit.

SuperRyan
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I thought slogans were copyrighted to Threadless (?)

ginetteginette
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i think the issue here is that slogan 'designs' can be copyrighted, but 'phrases' can't be.

ginetteginette
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Q: can you copyright a phrase?

A:

The short answer to this question is no, you cannot copyright a phrase for the purpose of legal protection. Copyright laws primarily cover "original works of authorship" that are finalized in fixed form of expression. This can include fixed forms of unique ideas, compositions, plays, novels, song lyrics and so on, but they do not cover individual words, common ideas or short phrases. While the desire to copyright a phrase closely associated with a business or an artistic concept may be understandable, US federal copyright laws would not offer much in the way of enforceable protection.

... but it would be possible to trademark it, though that's a whole other thing.

Ross Brodie

i like your slogans they are very amusing

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