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Tiki Shark and CafePress settle lawsuit

A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit filed against CafePress by Hawaii-based Tiki Shark Art Inc., in which Tiki Shark will receive no financial damages.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii in October of 2013, alleging copyright violations by CafePress, of artwork created by Tiki Shark principal Brad Parker.

CafePress operates websites around the world offering print-on-demand services allowing users to upload designs onto products such as coffee mugs and other consumer goods.

The Tiki Shark suit sought various types of financial damages, claiming CafePress reproduced its painting entitled “Forbidden Island” without authorization.

CafePress released a statement Thursday morning announcing the settlement in which the company will not be required to make any payment to Tiki Shark Art, in which Tiki Shark will dismiss the lawsuit, and will be prohibited from suing the company again except under certain conditions.

Tiki Shark representatives were not immediately available for comment.

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