In April 2016, Pokemon sued Redbubble alleging the company of infringing its copyright by using Pikachu, one of its main characters, on products such as clothing.
In December 19, 2017, the Federal Court of Australia ruled in favour of Pokémon on infringement, however, the court declined to enter an injunction against Redbubble and awarded Pokémon nominal damages of just A$1.
According to reports in Australian papers, the judge awarded nominal damages because the designs were not available for purchase within the official Pokémon universe and would not have yielded royalties.
“Many of the items sold through the Redbubble website involved a 'mash up' of images, such as the combination of Pikachu and Homer Simpson,” the court said.
Reacting on the judgment, Martin Hosking, Redbubble CEO, said the company remained focused on creating the leading marketplace for independent artists.
“We are pleased that the judgment recognises the reasonable steps that Redbubble takes to prevent infringements occurring on the platform,” Hosking said.