SL-Easy Canvas Prints RIGHTS GRAB!

Napa Sunrise-Copyright Carolyn E. Wright

Easy Canvas Prints is trying to pull a fast one on photographers. Its terms of service states:

4. Use of Your Content.

You do not lose ownership of the Content that you design on, or upload to, the Web Site. By uploading Designs to the Web Site or creating Designs with EASY CANVAS PRINTS™’s design tools, however, you grant the following licenses to EASY CANVAS PRINTS™: the nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable, sublicensable right to copy, crop, reproduce, publicly display, sell, and distribute the Design in or on Products and in advertising, marketing, samples, and promotional materials for the purpose of promoting the Web Site and Products; and the right to make modifications to your Design as EASY CANVAS PRINTS™, in its sole discretion, finds necessary to achieve the above listed purposes...”

Astute Photographer, Dan Carmichael, read these terms and asked the company:

In your TOS you state you may use the image on your products. I do not see products other than canvas prints on your website. 1. what type of products could the image be used on? 2. Are you associated with any other business / venture / entity that produces “products”? If so, who are they?

And he got this astonishing reply:

I am happy to assist you with this! Our main website is actually www.BuildASign.com. We print signs, banners, decals etc. We also have two other sites which are AlliedShirts.com and Printcopia.com which are our shirts and home decor.

While the terms might not allow for your photos to be used for the other websites, they specifically state that Easy Canvas Prints can use your content for other items:

1. The EASY CANVAS PRINTS™ Service.

EASY CANVAS PRINTS™ provides a number of Internet-based services through the Web Site (all such services, collectively, the “EasyCanvasPrints.com™ Service”). One such service enables users to create customized merchandise, signs, magnetics, bumper stickers, and banners (collectively, “Products”).

Looks pretty sleazy to me.

HT: Dan Carmichael

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