sirrix wrote:Umm... I'm an attorney. Allow me to educate you a little: (1) You can't sue anyone for "plagiarism." (2) When you submit designs to sites like this you lose all rights to them. If anything, Woot could sue (but then probably only if they had printed it, which you admit 2 of them didn't.) (3) The fact that there are 4 other shirts in this thread that are similar in nature all designed by different people pretty much means that the idea is a common idea, which makes it not protectable by intellectual property laws like copyright. (4) You're an WAFFLES! TASTY WAFFLES! who searches for t-shirts involving people traveling on dandelions which quite possibly makes you a homosexual.
1) you most certainly can. People have sued God. I'd argue you could also win such a suit, but no matter.
2) when you WIN at one of these sites you lose all print rights to the design (unless the site says otherwise, which some do). If you do not win, you regain all your rights eventually. Woot wouldn't sue in this case, since woot is printing the piece which is too close for copyright comfort, but Threadless certainly could, and as the artist, the person who designed the first could approach Threadless to sue for them... they make money off Threadless' sales, in the form of possible reprints.
3) So I can have four friends rewrite The Shining, and then my re-write will be considered too common an idea for King to sue me? Awesome! I'm no lawyer, but comments like this make me wonder if you are either.
4) I presume aggravated insult is not legally punishable either, wise law guru? Not to mention a number of people mentioned the similarities. It was obvious enough to multiple people, who are also apparently all homosexual. But hey, I can see why you'd be upset at people caring about contracts, copyright, and other legal matters, since people clearly call more experienced and intelligent attorneys for those cases.