“Germany’s Illustratoren Organisation landed a success after warning their members about an unfair competition by publisher G+J and Dawanda. The Facebook post became a big success. G+J immediately reacted and changed their contest rules.

In October 2015, Germany’s Illustratoren Organisation (IO)  learned about about a competition with unfair rules. It was organised by Dawanda (the German version of Etsy) and Flow magazine (a popular European style and living magazine with a huge focus on illustrated images) by one of Germany’s big publisher Gruner + Jahr (G+J). The competition invited illustrators to send in wrapping paper samples, and as a prize the eight winners were to be published in Flow magazine. By uploading the images, all illustrators  taking part in the competition would grant non-exclusive but unlimited rights of use G+J – merely by uploading their images.

IO decided to send an online statement to their members advising against participation. The post became a big hit on IO’s facebook page, too. IO was then very happy to hear that G+J reacted immediately on IO’s post and changed their contest rules. This is a huge success, and IO also thanks G+J for their quick reaction.

IO’s statement in German: http://www.io-home.org/home/newsarchiv/teaser?sbid=847&category=2&lang=1#b847

Flow’s reaction German: https://www.facebook.com/flow.magazin.deutschland/photos/a.1455075808052847.1073741828.1446184592275302/1779003132326778/?type=3&theater