NBA 2K18 is Removing Custom Shirts That Infringe on Existing Copyrights

NBA 2K18 is Removing Custom Shirts That Infringe on Existing Copyrights

Players are reporting shirts being taken away from them without proper compensation.

NBA 2K18 likes to promote player creativity by allowing them to create custom shirts in MyCareer mode. These custom shirts can then get voted by the community to become in-game items for purchase. The problem is that some players have been designing shirts with real-life copyrights on them and 2K is now taking them away.

The reason for the removal of these shirts is because they are created featuring copyrighted materials. Things like designer brands such as Supreme, logos from other sports organizations like the NFL, and other copyrighted material like the Batman logo, have all been seen on custom shirt designs. And since they're being sold for actual money (via Virtual Currency, or VC) you can see how this can become messy from a legal standpoint.

On reddit, ResetEra, and Kotaku, there are reports coming out about these shirts' removal from the game. One user on ResetEra said that 10 custom shirts of theirs (priced at 3,500 VC each) were removed without explanation. 2K support offered them a one-time 10,000 VC payout, but the player refused and asked for a full refund.

[Update: Twitter user @SinrOne reached out to USgamer to identify themeselves at the person behind this report]

No doubt this isn't what 2K had in mind when custom shirts became available in the myPark mode. At the same time, you can't really promote an online service for players to create custom streetwear without them creating, you know, actual streetwear.

Whether this means changes will come to the shirt creator to clamp down on copyright infringements are coming, or if 2K will simply continue to take down shirt designs before they become available for sale remain to be seen.

2K has not responded to the situation, but we will update the story with any new developments.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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