What if someone uploads my model and calls it their own?
This week, a user set up an account on LEGO® CUUSOO and uploaded several Projects with stolen images from other LEGO builders’ Flickr accounts. The builders whose models were stolen complained, so we investigated the issue and removed the models.
LEGO® CUUSOO is all about giving you an opportunity to share your original work in hopes that it might qualify to become an official LEGO® product. It isn’t fair when users directly steal designs. Luckily, the LEGO fan community is well connected and spotting these attempts will not be difficult.
When you submit a project to LEGO® CUUSOO, you agree to the Guidelines, which say:
By registering to this service, you are agreeing that you are the originator of the content you are submitting. If you are not the original author of the content, you must clearly refer to where it originates from.
We reserve the right to remove models that violate this guideline, and suspend or ban the account of an offending user.
How do I report someone stealing my work?
If someone steals your work and uploads it as their own, use the gray “Feedback” tab on the right hand of the website. Submit it as a Problem, and we will investigate the issue and address it promptly. Be sure to include the URL of the offending entry and URL(s) of your original work online. Links to your original work should identify you as the author (name or username).
What about submitting a model of a trademarked item?
A more complex issue is that of submitting models of someone else’s intellectual property (IP) to LEGO® CUUSOO (for example, Star Wars™ models). People have repeatedly asked about this, and we don’t yet have a clear policy for how these will be handled. We will discuss this over the weeks to come throughout the beta process and keep the LEGO® CUUSOO community updated as we make decisions on this.
Pardon our Beta Dust
LEGO® CUUSOO is still in beta. This means we’re still refining the features on the site as well as the processes for nurturing the community and enforcing rules when necessary. The experience with the offending account has given us has yielded some ideas for how to handle this and how we can discourage people from doing this in the first place. Rest assured, we won’t let someone collect votes and steal credit for original work. It’s as important to us as it is to you that you receive credit for your original work.
With that said, get building and submit your best ideas to LEGO® CUUSOO! We grow more excited by the day seeing the quality and quantity of idea submissions. Happy building!