My name is Timothy McNutt and I’m a 19 year old graphic artist and bicycle retail store owner from the Pacific Northwest. Alright, to start, this post is about my artwork. I, in September of last year (2007) created an ad for my company’s website, www.ride-this.com. We are a specialty bicycle mailorder out of Milwaukie, OR.. The ad was actually for Camelbak’s new water bottles. We had full rights to advertise that item however we chose, short of altering their actual products in our display of them. Just the other day, I got a call from my mother, explaining that she saw a rip-off of my camelbak ad on the camelbak website, advertising their plastic’s BPA free content. I understand that in this situation, I probably have no rights whatsoever to protect this artwork, but was just wondering everyone’s opinion on the validity of this being a rip and whether there are any courses of action you think would be beneficial for myself in this situation.
My original ad:
Camelbak’s advertisement can be found here: http://www.camelbak.com/betterbottle/?gclid=CIer74_c65UCFR8ViQodR3zqeQ