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  • I was going to say just enjoy the free advertising, that is until I saw you sell your own t-shirts with that logo. This is fairly blatant. If you can prove your design was out there first, what’s keeping you from taking further action at the moment?

  • Yeah, just take ‘em down. I would be angry too! But if you can prove it, take ‘em out.

  • Well, you could sue. Or, you could contact the much larger site that is likely making quite a lot of money from your original design without being aware of the copyright infringement, tell them you’re receptive to a reasonable royalty deal and see what happens. Sometimes, in fact often, outright aggression isn’t the most strategically beneficial first step.

  • on the one hand, it’s flattering that they liked it enough, but i can’t stand to see companies steal stuff like this. Please go out there and get your justice!!!

  • Sorry dude, can’t copyright fashion. You can copyright a logo, but since they didn’t do it exactly the same, its ok. Same as the Chinatown Luis Volton bags. Pretty much the same, but not exactly. A-OKAY!

  • You can’t copyright fashion, but you can trademark a logo.

    The argument they’re going to use is that they changed enough things for it to be fine. Its still essentially your logo and design, and its not a parody or homage, it’s a blatant rip.

    Take Jessee’s advice and you should be good.

  • You’re right about the copying. But you ain’t about it being a ‘cute logo’.

  • They actually haven’t changed it enough for it to be fine, as others have stated. Otherwise, you could start your own company called Forever22 and for it to be okay. There are actually so many points of similarity that it’s a problem for them. They have a lazy designer somewhere who stole your design and hoped you wouldn’t notice. Ultimately, these types of cases are settled out of court. If they do go to court, it’s a judge’s eye who’ll ultimately decide, and the judgement will likely come out in your favour. I would bring your case to a copyright lawyer and have them craft a lawyer’s letter and send it to Forever21. They will likely apologize, pull all the shirts, and give you a few thousand bucks. That’s my best guess.

  • Yet another rip off by this company, how many have the done now?

  • Get a lawyer to make a juicy lawsuit!

  • This is exactly why I’ve told my sister to stop shopping at Forever21. Their track record is disgusting with this crap and does nothing but show that they really don’t give a damn about copyright or ethics in general.

  • You have a good case — contact them first, ask them if they are going to pay you for the use of your company name and logo.

  • Yeah… I’m sending them hate mail. xD

  • Paul Pelssers

    Get in line as everyone seems to be suing Forever 21 for copyrite infringement. Rarely do they go to court – in most cases they settle.

  • Yep! True I got an out of court settlement!

  • Actually, it’s not A-OKAY. Please refer to this article, and consider suing.

    http://jezebel.com/5742029/forever-21s-bizarre-knockoff-empire

  • ‘Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination…And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
    - Jim Jarmusch

  • You are a wonderful human being
    Thank you for the nice article

  • Forever21 has a looooooong history of doing just this. They have an equally long history of settling out of court on these cases. If I were you, I would make an appointment with a lawyer to discuss my options.

    Truthfully, Forever21 makes so much money, their business policy clearly finds it more profitable to continue ripping of designers and settling out of court than investing in original design.

  • This one is actually kosher (for the fashion industry).
    The bike is a different bike, the wheels are different. They took the idea of the hearts and changed them a little. And you can’t copyright a phrase.

    Yeah it’s a rip off, but it’s a smart one.

  • Yes, It most DEFINITELY is ripped off. I actually am an employee at Forever 21, and since working there you have no idea how many items we have put on the sales floor, then three days later are ordered to remove from the floor and “damage” because forever 21 is AWFUL at getting approved for trademarks/paying the artist/creator.
    in my 3 weeks i have seen “doc martens” and a lenard skynard shirt get pulled from the floor to be shipped off. they are awful with these sorts of things really :-/

  • I collect vintage fabrics. My little sister drug me to the poopy mall and that equally poopy Forever 21 store. This bird print dress is stolen from a vintage fabric I have…

    http://smittenideology.blogspot.com/2010/11/going-birdy.html

    It’s funny that they can’t just take the idea and go in a different direction with it. I don’t understand that. It seems like they could use the money they are paying in legal fees and just employ some designers who know how to run with an idea.

  • Another reason from hundreds to not support Forever 21.

  • To the person saying that you can’t copyright fashion, you’d be right if the OP were talking about the actual design (cut & construction) of the shirt. You can most definitely copyright a print (image on fabric)! And you can’t blatantly copy a fashion design either. You have to change the overall construction (color, legnth, sleeves, etc) by at least 10%.

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