Submitting your artwork is considered User Generated Content within our Terms of Service, which states that you are giving us a license to use this artwork (section 2A). However, you will always retain ownership of your artwork and character(s).
Why Budsies needs this license
Here's a simple example: To operate and promote our business, we need to be able to use the creations along with your submitted artwork or photo for our marketing purposes (e.g., posting our before-and-after collages on Facebook, Instagram, and our website). We may also create a handful of replicas for sample purposes (e.g., somebody from the news wants to receive a Budsies sample before they write about us). Simply put: we can't convey the awesomeness of our services without showing off our work.
Don't worry: We will never claim ownership of your artwork or characters and we will not market your characters as our own.
Do I lose intellectual property rights over my images by using Budsies?
No, Budsies does not require you to give up ownership of intellectual property rights in your images your provide to us. Budsies only requires that you give us license to: (a) create your stuffed animal and (b) potentially use an image of your artwork + stuffed animal in advertisements and other marketing for Budsies. You can learn more about your rights and user-generated content by visiting our Terms of Service.
Will Budsies ever sell my character or toy to other people?
No, Budsies will only use your character to create a stuffed animal for you. We won't sell your stuffed animal to others unless we mutually agree to this. Note, while other users of the site may create stuffed animals that look like yours, Budsies works hard to ensure your stuffed animal is individualized to your submitted image and/or specifications. Budsies does reserve the right to include images of your amazing stuffed animal and artwork on its website and in marketing materials. You can learn more about your rights and user-generated content by visiting our Terms of Service.
Does Budsies make exceptions? Will Budsies sign our NDA?
It's impossible for us to void our license specifically for a particular design simply because it would be too difficult for us to track and enforce a different set of rights for your design. For example, one of our future employees may accidentally post your Budsie on our Facebook page in 3 years and thus expose us to liability.