Flipkart seems to be getting mixed up in a lot of mess these days. After ED probing it for FEMA violations, the BigBillionDay blunder and now there is something else waiting for Flipkart to get dragged into.
Offering copyright infringed products is something not viable for any ecommerce firm, online marketplaces takes up numerous steps to make sure that none of the sellers on their platform are selling such products. However, due to a huge number of sellers selling on the platform, it becomes difficult at times to manage this. However this is something that online marketplaces have to take up more dedicatedly as at the end of the day in case anything like this happens, it does spoil the brand image and comes with legal issues of its own.
Well, this is something which has brought Flipkart into limelight once again and points to the fact that now it’s time for Flipkart to start taking copyright infringement much more seriously, as it used to before. In a recent petition filed by an individual named Sanjay Gupta, Volunteer, Artists Rights Protection Society at Change.org, they have blamed Flipkart for selling copyright infringed products through its marketplace.
The petition filed at Change.org states,
This petition has been filed to demand justice for Original Visual Artists / Designers / World Renowned Brands whose artwork has been stolen and being consistently commercialized without consent on marketplaces like flipkart.com. Due to ecommerce portals like flipkart.com where anyone can sell stolen art, there has been an exponential rise in the past one year of cases in which official logos of brands and famous trademarks / original artwork of designers are being incorporated into various products without any consent whatsoever of commercializing it from its actual owners.
The document further listed over 24 sellers, who were actively infringing over original artwork / famous brands and logos without any permission and raking in illegal profits from stolen designs.
The complete list of the sellers can be found here.