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Old January 23rd, 2007 -   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: threadless and copyright infringement: a discussion :)

Poorly, as they always do. That said, way better than their many previous plagiarism issues.
I can get what you're saying, Lewis, but when you say "always", it makes me stop and think "really...every single time?" I probably think in absolutes too much

They were clearly trying to run out the clock so they didn't get stuck with inventory.
I guess that's one way of looking at it I don't know if it's "clear" or not, as they could have already been talking with the two designers and they may have not asked them to stop selling it. We don't really know everything that was going on behind the scenes.

It also sets an interesting precedent: print whatever you want, then browbeat the original owners into consenting after the fact.
Did the original owners say they felt browbeaten?

Originally Posted by Jasonda
Since creating graffiti and street art is technically an illegal activity, the original artist might have limited rights. It really ends up in a gray area. Personally I think it still qualifies as plagiarism.
I'm no expert on the stuff, but I think so as well.

I'm still not sure what would have been the best way for Threadless to handle it though. Probably by stopping the sales of the shirts right away until it was resolved.
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