Art Prints: Artists retain the rights to winning art prints that were submitted in or after July 2014, and Minted has an exclusive license on these prints. Prints submitted before July 2014 are owned by Minted.
Stationery: For all other categories, such as stationery and party decor, Minted owns the rights to designs. Owning the rights allows us to provide opportunities to more artists than any other similar online company.
The reason that Minted maintains exclusivity on all winning pieces is that Minted awards cash prizes for challenge-winning artwork upfront, with no guarantee that the pieces will sell. This means that Minted takes great financial risk, but it allows us to bring artists into the marketplace who could not otherwise do so on their own. We invest in the prize money and in the time required to publish a piece to the site, so in return, we must ensure that the product is available exclusively on Minted.
You retain the rights to all work you self-launch in your store that you mark as non-exclusive to Minted. If you self-launch art and you mark it as exclusive to Minted we will have the licensing rights to that work. This means that you cannot sell any exclusive self-launched pieces anywhere outside of Minted.
We try our very best to be generous and fair to artists in everything we do. We return all rights to submissions that were not selected 90 days after each challenge end (our Trial Period). Every artist earns a commission (or royalty) on winning designs and art that is substantially higher than what is paid by competitive companies. We also provide an upfront prize payment for each accepted piece.