Design Guard is intended to reassure shoppers they are purchasing from the original, legitimate creator of the design. This feature also adds an extra layer of protection for designs and empowers Teespring sellers to take legal action against copycats directly. Anyone caught copying or stealing elements from a protected design will immediately be banned from Teespring and all of their listings will be disabled. Our team will also provide the copycat’s information (name and email) to the design owner in case they want to pursue legal action.
All Teespring sellers who own a registered trademark or copyrighted design are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request Design Guard be added to their listing(s).
Please note sellers need to provide all listing URL(s) they’d like Design Guard to be added to as well as evidence of trademark/copyright ownership (this can include a registration certificate or ID number).
Example of how Design Guard appears on a Teespring listing
Does your design have copyrightable potential?
Please note Teespring cannot confirm copyrightable eligibility of your designs—you should consult a legal professional for advice if you have questions regarding your works. If you’re considering registering your designs there are a few questions you should ask yourself before moving forward:
- Is the work original to you?
- Does the work include some creativity on your part
- Is the work unique (i.e. are you the first to make something like this?)
If you answered yes to these questions and believe that your design is eligible for copyright protection you should consider registering the design with the appropriate copyright office. The registration process is easier than you think and you may be able to obtain enhanced legal protection for your artwork! In addition, a valid copyright registration will entitle you to Design Guard protection for your Teespring listings.
Please note, if you request to add Design Guard to a campaign that is later delisted due to a violation of our Acceptable Use or IP policies you may lose access to this feature and your trust score may be lowered.