Can I use licensed properties in my Artist Shop designs?
An original work of parody using licensed characters may be allowable for use, but be aware that proving parody for a design is very much a fine line, and typically open to interpretation.
Here are a few key guidelines from our Design Submission Terms & Conditions, which will need to be followed:
Threadless.com respects the intellectual property of others, and we require users of the Website to do the same. Thus, in Your use of and interactions with Threadless.com and the Website, You may not post, upload, display, submit, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any User Submission that is or contains copyrighted material belonging to others, without obtaining their prior written consent. Threadless.com reserves the right, in its discretion, to remove any User Submission if it believes that it may infringe the copyright of any third party, and/or to terminate the accounts of users believed to be infringers.
In a nutshell, designs that contain existing 3rd party Intellectual Property are not allowable for sale. However, we partner with many Licensed Properties for Threadless Design Challenges, and plan to have similar opportunities for Artist Shops in the future. The use of the licensed properties will be in a way that follows a pre-designated contractual agreement along with a strict approval process per design. However, at this moment, Licensed Properties for Threadless Design Challenges does not allow for the same licensed content in Artist Shops.