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Frequently Asked Questions



Why is Redbubble introducing the Partner Program?

We want to create amazing opportunities for Fan Artists to engage with brands you love, create officially licensed work and gain wider recognition for your creativity. It’s also super important that we approach this in a way that has artist’s interests at the heart of the program. We’re working our socks off to establish balanced partnerships, where both the rights holders and artists benefit equally. And we’re making an effort to work with brands who love what you do and truly support this approach.

Is Redbubble going to focus only on Fan Artists?

Fan Art is just one part of the vast Redbubble universe. This program doesn’t represent a bigger change of direction or a shift in focus. We’re committed to being a place that welcomes and supports all kinds of artists and art styles.

How do I submit a work to the Partner Program?

To submit a design, you’ll need to tag it with a relevant keyword, specific to the brand you’re designing for. Once uploaded, your artwork will be temporarily suspended from sale while we review it. You can find relevant keywords for each property at the top of every Guidelines page, under ‘Submitting Your Design’.

Can I make fan art for brands that Redbubble hasn’t partnered with?

No. Please only create fan art for brands that are in Redbubble’s Partner Program. You can find a full list of authorized properties here on our Current Brand Partnerships page.

Can I suggest brands that Redbubble should partner with?

We’re still in the early stages of setting up the Partner Program, so not at this time. But we’ll have an email up for you soon - stay tuned.

Do I still own the rights to my fan art?

When you create something original and upload it to Redbubble, you own your creation. That's always been the case on Redbubble. This applies to fan art too, but it's a little bit different. That's because your fan art is based on someone else's intellectual property, which they own. So, you'd need their permission to do certain things, like selling it... anywhere, even on Redbubble.

When your fan art is approved, it means that the owner of the underlying intellectual property has joined the Redbubble partnership program, and this partner has permitted you to use its intellectual property in this particular work and sell it on Redbubble. It's important to understand that the partner's permission does not extend to selling the artwork anywhere else. It applies only to Redbubble.

It works both ways, though. Approved fan artwork contains your original creation too, so the partner also can't sell the fan artwork without your permission.

Every partner is different, however, so please check out each brands’ specific guidelines and requirements before you start creating.  

Why is the work limited to Redbubble?

Redbubble obtains licenses from the brands we partner with. These licenses make it possible for artists on Redbubble to sell art that contains the brand’s intellectual property, subject to certain terms and conditions.

One such condition is that these licenses only extend to selling on Redbubble and not any other place, whether online or in a physical location. Make sure to double check that your design is not available for sale anywhere else before uploading to Redbubble.

It is important to remember that, if [you/artist] violate any term or condition of your license, then the brand’s permission may be revoked and your art may no longer be allowed to be sold anywhere, even on Redbubble.  

Will this affect my artist margin?

Thankfully not. You’ll still be paid in full for every sale you make in the Partner Program. We’ve got you covered.

Why wasn’t my artwork approved for the Program?

While we aren’t able to comment on or make suggestions about your artwork (for legal reasons), we’d recommend re-reviewing the Guidelines page for the brand you designed for. Did you meet each of the requirements?

I’ve re-reviewed the Guidelines and my work has still not been accepted. What can I do?

Again, we're not able to provide advice on how to change your design. We recommend triple checking that you are absolutely sure it meets the guideline requirements for the property, then resubmit.

If your work is denied for approval again, we suggest creating something new!

Can I submit mash-up/crossover designs?

Usually not, but it depends on the Rights Holder and Brand. Mash-ups are complicated so we’d recommend checking the Guidelines to see if they explicitly say whether 3rd party content is or isn’t allowed.

Why has my work been suspended?

Once you tag your work with a relevant keyword from the Partner Program and upload it to Redbubble, it is temporarily suspended so that it can be reviewed by Redbubble and by the Rights Holder. During the suspension, your work won’t be available for sale on the marketplace.

Rest assured, the suspension is temporary. It shouldn’t take more than a few days to a couple weeks, but in some cases it may take longer. We appreciate your patience.

Is there a place where I can look at the works that have been approved by a Brand?

Nothing is set in stone yet, but we’re looking into it.

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