Back in December, Redbubble sent a DMCA takedown notice to me over the piece that I attached to the post here, my “Super Ninja Lil’ Bo Peep” piece. The claim is that The HYV, the marketing arm that does stuff for the late rapper Lil Peep, claimed that my piece was a copyright/intellectual property violation. A day later, on December 18, 2017, I sent a counter notice to Redbubble stating that the claim was erroneous and that my work should be reinstated.
If the complainant doesn’t file a lawsuit within 10 days of the counter notice, the site is required by law to reinstate the work within 14 business days.
It’s been 163 days since the counter notice was sent to Redbubble. I JUST got this today:
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Redbubble Marketplace Integrity, May 30, 11:22 PDT
Thank you for contacting Redbubble and your patience. As you’ve been made aware, Redbubble has moderated the content that was reported in accordance with our IP/Publicity Rights Policy, as it was specifically named in a complaint received from The HYV o/b/o Lil Peep, in regards to Lil Peep related intellectual property.
We have not explicitly said that the work does or does not infringe intellectual property or publicity rights, but we do have a legal obligation to act on reports filed in accordance with our IP/Publicity Rights Policy where the content is specifically named, as yours was. This section of our intellectual property FAQ may be useful.
Unfortunately, in accordance with our User Agreement and our IP/Publicity Rights Policy, we are unable to reinstate the content at issue.
Redbubble Marketplace Integrity
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Being WELL over 14 business days, Redbubble is in violation of 17 USC 512(g)(2)(c).
I don’t call for boycotts under normal circumstances, but this is the third time this has happened and as a company that prefers to break the law, I can’t condone its existence any longer. Don’t shop at Redbubble. If they can do this, abusing AND violating the DMCA, and all the other violations of the copyright laws that they benefit from, I can’t sit by and not say anything.
Redbubble CEO Martin Hosking, shame on your company for its repeated violations of the law. Fix things now. Until that day, I won’t be buying or selling anything on your site.