I just found this shirt on Amazon of "The Answer" which looks very similar to a design found on Meta.SO (and also on here on Meta.SE). given away in an official capacity.


Is this an official shirt? It even has a freehand circle!

  • Well, the seller is not Stack Exchange. Guess you mean to ask if they got permission from SE to sell the shirt? Not sure about that. Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:39
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    Wow it doesn't get much more copyright infringement than literally stealing the design off of one of our shirts. They even left all of the black inside the circles and letters that have enclosed space.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:41
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    @zaq No they do need permission. Designing text into a unicorn in this fashion is clearly a form of art that becomes copyrighted, regardless of the content that was actually used to create it. If they had just copy-pasted the answer in plain-text onto a shirt with attribution, then sure. But they didn't do that.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:42
  • @ShadowWizard I guess we can infer that the seller is not SE, but that doesn't really answer the question. A user who won swag could sell it on ebay. Then the seller wouldn't be SE itself, but the product would still be official. My question still stands: is this an official Stack Exchange product? But I guess we all know the answer based on animuson's comments...
    – JAL
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:49
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    @JAL A user that won it and was reselling wouldn't have it in all those colors and sizes.
    – Erik
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:53
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    @Erik I know, I'm just giving an alternate example.
    – JAL
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:54
  • Best part: List price: $50.00 Actual price $13.10
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 23:55
  • @animuson There's also a ladies cut: smile.amazon.com/Eagle-womens-Fashion-Overflow-neonGreen/dp/…
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 0:14
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    @animuson so time to hire a good lawyer and sew them.... no? SE can make good money out of it and use it for good cause. ;) Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 6:48
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    I'm gonna pass this along internally to see what we can do here, if anything.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 19:21
  • @AdamLear Thanks! Do I get a copy of the real shirt for reporting a knockoff? Pretty please? :)
    – JAL
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 19:22
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    @JAL I don't think we have any left, unfortunately... but I bet I can at least hook you up with the current version of our t-shirts. Drop me an email with your size and shipping address (my email's in my profile). :)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 19:26
  • @AdamLearn Email sent, thank you so much!!!!
    – JAL
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 19:29

2 Answers 2


Is this an official shirt?

No, as SE employee animuson confirmed in comments, this is not official merchandise of Stack Exchange, and was illegally copied from something SE offered in the past.


Well, we know that the shirt on Amazon was not genuine, but the Stack Exchange community team was nice enough to send me an actual genuine one with the Stack Overflow logo. Thank you!

Unicorn shirt

Note that the genuine shirt has the Stack Overflow logo and the URL of the "the answer."

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    Is that a FHRC in there?! ;) Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 20:21
  • @ShadowWizard thanks for the bounty! The Stack Exchange team are the real MVPs here, hope they can get the shirt taken down.
    – JAL
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 21:59
  • "get the shirt taken down" - and leave them half naked? :P Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 22:00
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    @ShadowWizard Well, the bootleg sellers deserve it!
    – JAL
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 22:00

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