Forever 21 ripping off Threadless artist
I got an email from someone reporting that Forever 21 is selling a shirt that is a blatant rip-off of a design that I created for Threadless.com in October 2005
Here is my original design:
Here is the rip off:
From Forever 21:
Ripping off my design here:
It’s obvious that this is a rip off, but not only that, it even looks like a trace. The angle of the milk carton is the same in the rip off, as is the hand holding and the arms and legs.
you can see what I am talking about with the angle of the rip off in this gif a friend put together:
This is especially depressing to me since I went through something similar to this a few months back with Hot Topic and another on of my Threadless designs. I was able to get a lawyer and Threadless involved and got Hot Topic to stop selling the shirt.
I am very very glad this blog exists, but I still can’t help but hope I never have to post here again. It’s a sickening thing to know that people are making money off of your designs and ideas when those very ideas are the only things an artist can really own.
I and some very nice friends of mine have been contacting Forever 21 and requesting that they stop selling the shirt and respond to my Cease and Desist emails, if you feel like contacting them, please do:
The CEO Don Chang:
I haven’t gotten any response yet, but others have, which is usually how it goes. Please help protect artist’s rights and tell them how you feel about art theft.