Thanks for the help and clarification, Careful Reader. Although we can't fully translate anything from legalese, the rights are non-exclusive and royalties for each t-shirt sold are paid in accordance with the Merch by Amazon Services Agreement which can be found at
You're correct, Careful Reader, I seem to have misinterpreted -- for all browsing this thread, here is the legalese in question: "Materials You Post or Provide; Communications Monitoring" The Services Agreement sets forth our rights related to any product information you post or submit through the Portal. For other information and materials you post or otherwise provide to Amazon related to the Portal (a “Submission”), you grant Amazon and its affiliates a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable license to (1) use, copy, distribute, transmit, make available, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, adapt, modify, translate, reformat and create derivative works of your Submission, each in connection with the Portal and the Program, and (2) sublicense these rights, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. Amazon will not pay you for your Submission and may remove your Submission at any time. For each Submission you provide, you represent that you have all rights necessary for you to grant us the rights provided in this section.
The issue isn't whether or not Amazon is trustworthy (I feel in general as a company that they are), but rather a question of who retains creative rights to designs. Other competing platforms will let designers retain their design rights, entering into a licensed agreement with the user. The concern is that when you use Merch by A, you are literally transferring your ownership rights to Amazon -- in which case, if you try to use that design on other platforms in the future, Amazon has the right to state infringement.
Yeah I agree. I just doubt Amazon wants to take my shirt designs and do something else with them. I'm pretty sure once they are able to make coffee mugs, hats, mousepads, etc. we will be given the opportunity to put our artwork on those as well.
You've the same sense of it that I do, but I'd dearly love being able to get all those blabber-pusses on that other forum to stop assuming they know all about such things, stating their made-up facts, and spreading the nonsense to huge number of people. Essentially, that's one of the consequences of legalese--only lawyers understand it.
Since Amazon is doing the printing and everything, we have to grant them permission and license to our designs. I wouldn't worry about it too much. You still get royalties for your designs. Message was edited by: John A.