John T. Unger, a steel sculptor who crafts cauldrons and other fire ornaments at johntunger.com , all of which he says he explicitly copyrights, is being sued in federal court by FirePitArt.com , a larger-scale producer and marketer of some uncannily similar pieces.
While Unger claims to have definitive evidence that his designs are original, are registered, and predate the knock-offs, by not being the first to court he now faces default judgment if he is the first to run out of money. This seems likely, given that he is a private individual who has already parted with $5ok in legal fees.
He has made a blog on the legal situation, which he is also trying to spin into sales.
Too generic to copyright? Not art? Or dishonesty covered by deep pockets? You decide…