The Redbubble Problem (UPDATE)

So after yesterday's post, I've been having a time browsing Redbubble. Dark Horse's Editor-In-Chief Scott Allie writes,

But is it that simple? This thing is, much of the work is being done on Redbubble is by original artists, some original, some transformative. Such as Miranda Sawyer's blurred and filtered comic characters. If the art isn't her own, it is arguably transformed into something that is.

ap,550x550,16x12,1,transparent,t.u1 (1)Or Joe Harris' Super Manatees, created for DeviantArt but being sold by the same person on Redbubble. Original work featuring transformed IPs.


Or Almn's minimal Harley Quinn


Or this wonderful Frozen-inspired art by Megan Lara.


Emphasis on "inspired". And clearly this is a way that artists such as these make a living. But it's just not being policed. Such as…

rc,1200x1200,gold,mens,ffffff.u1 (1)Name: Vindication

Profile: Hello! Welcome to my profile! I hope you like what I put up for shirts and I hope you'll buy them because whenever your happy with a shirt of mine I'm happy too!

Also check out some designs by my friend Sykotic!

Joined: September 2013

Theft: Skottie Young

Name: Sykotic

Profile: Heyooooo!

If you want you should check out my friend Vindication!

Joined: November 2013

Theft: DC's Teen Titans


Name: Neosporinswag

Joined: August 2013

Theft: Skottie Young, Fiona Staples, Tradd Moore, Rafael Albuquerque,

Name: Bullshirt

Profile: Absolute Bullshirt!

We're dedicated to bringing you unique, kitschy, pop-culture, limited run t-shirts, hoodies and more.

All designs are limited to 10 sales! Meaning chances of you running into someone wearing the same design is practically nil!

Once 10 of a design are sold, that design will be permanently retired from the store.

Each week a few new designs will appear, so keep checking back!

If you have an idea for a design or a request, do bubblemail us!

Joined: December 2013

Theft: Jamie Hewlett and Brian Bolland Tank Girl.


And on and on and on.

UPDATE: Redbubble have responded on twitter and on the redbubble blog. 


Maybe we've helped start something?

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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