Can I sell my designs on Spoonflower?
Yes, you can sell your designs on Spoonflower!
In order to sell one of your designs on fabric you must have ordered at least a swatch of the fabric at some point in order to proof it. Once you've done so, you can go to the 'fabric details' page for your design and check the box on the lower right to make the design available for sale. You will earn 10% of the selling price for any fabric you sell, per our terms of service with the exception of test swatches. The 10% commission will be credited to your account in the form of Spoondollars that can be used either to purchase fabric on our site or redeemed via Paypal. It's also possible to sell your Spoonflower fabric on your own sites, as do many independent designers.
Displaying and/or selling your designs is ALWAYS under your control.The default settings for any designs you upload to Spoonflower are 'private' (not visible to others) and 'not for sale.'
We've also seen a few questions generated by concerns over some specific wording in part 2 of our terms of service. That section, titled "User Conduct," reads in part:
When you post designs to Spoonflower’s Web site, you keep your copyright. You also control the account settings that determine whether or not your design can be shared or sold on Spoonflower. In order to maintain an Internet-based service Spoonflower is required to be able to copy, crop, modify, reproduce, display and distribute your Content worldwide. Spoonflower will only perform these actions to the extent necessary to provide its service, but by submitting Content to Spoonflower you grant Spoonflower a nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable license to do so. If your Content is uploaded as a design for fabric available on this Site, you grant to Spoonflower a nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable license to create derivative works of, modify, copy, sell, display and distribute the Content and fabrics created from or based on such Content so long as such process is an essential step of the print service we provide. If you choose to make Designs available for sale on Spoonflower’s Web site, you can also choose to remove them from sale at any time. All Designs uploaded to our Site are private unless you specifically mark them as public.By making your fabric Design public on the Site, you give Spoonflower the right to display or print your Design, including photographing fabric made from that design, for use in materials used to help market both the Site and the designers who use the Site. Be aware that Google and other search engines will also index public designs and the information included in public user profiles.
Our wording here may well leave something to be desired, but please rest assured that we will never do anything with your designs without your permission. Running a web site requires us to modify, copy, display and distribute ALL the content on the site. Selling your design on fabric even just to you requires us to modify it and distribute it. Our system for creating a repeat of your design is actually a process that requires us to render a "derivative work," for example. I am certainly not a lawyer, so my explanation here reflects a layperson's understanding of the legal language, but one thing I can say with complete confidence is that we are creating Spoonflower to empower designers, not to exploit them. If you have any questions about this aspect of the site, please feel free to call or write to us for clarification.