What does crowdSPRING do when it has determined that a person has violated another person’s intellectual property rights?

We evaluate each incident on its own merits. It's not uncommon for designs to look similar to other designs in the marketplace. We don't presume that every time we've found a design was infringed, that the infringement was intentional.

Generally (there are exceptions), we will permanently remove a Creative after a third violation of intellectual property. We use a number of different tools and procedures to help us make sure that they never work on crowdSPRING again.

We have on occasion acted after two violations of intellectual property (and in a few cases, after a single violation).

In logo projects, we have a zero tolerance policy for the use of stock art and for such violations, we remove immediately.

Because we evaluate each incident on its own merits, we recognize that a general policy (of three violations) might not be appropriate for all cases.

We've also suspended users for different periods of time (ranging in time from days to weeks to months).

Last updated: 29-Oct-10 11:51 p.m. GMT

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