Copyright Action Against Cafepress Permitted To Proceed Based On Merchandise Created From User Generated Content

February 11, 2015


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by Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel

Photographer Steven Gardner was not pleased to find that four of his copyrighted images – “Alaska Wildlife,” “Polar Bears 10 Hidden Bears,” “Find 12 Tigers,” and “Harmony of Wolves” – were being printed and sold on merchandise by CafePress Inc., the company behind, without his permission. Gardner filed a copyright action against CafePress alleging that CafePress directly infringed his four images. No complaint was filed against the users that uploaded his images.

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