The below example illustrates what lawyers and judges refer to as the “idea-expression” dichotomy. Basically, it is perfectly legal to be inspired by the idea or ideas behind another author’s work, but it is illegal (a violation of the Copyright Act) to take the original expression from the work of another. Where does the line get drawn? That’s up to the Judge, but this case appears to me to be one where the expression has been lifted. Agree?
Infamous Apparel (owned by department store Tilly’s) stole a design I did for the Salvation Army’s Wardrobe Apparel. It is currently on their store racks.
100% of the proceeds generated from TSA’s clothing is donated to people in dire need, world wide. People holding onto their lives depend on this kind of support. For shame, Tilly’s, taking money away from those in need. Have you no heart?
My original design:
Their design (notice they didn’t even bother changing much):
In our everyone’s-connected era, there are an increasing number of ‘right-click cowboys’ that scour the internet for works to use on product such as clothing. All too often, they fail to seek a license from the artist to use the works. The below appears to be one such example.
DEAR YOU THOUGHT WE WOULDN’T NOTICE:
I recently discovered through a friend, that runs the fantastic site Sick for Cute website about a stolen design, when she unknowingly bought the stock for her shop.
The company involved in the stolen design is an LA company by the name of E-Klah. They’re selling a blythe shirt where the original image was based off my original painting as you see below.
My original design on the left and the copy on the right
(right image courtesy of Sick for Cute)
I’ve emailed E-Klah but haven’t heard a word back yet.
I actually wrote to them saying it’s uncouth to steal but I thought the designer involved did a really great job with my original design, which to be honest, had a pretty mellow life up to this point. In my email I said I would love to work with them in the future.
It’s a little bit sad that after a week they haven’t emailed me back. The best outcome for me would be a positive one where we could work together with total transparency. Failing that, if all that comes out of this, is that people are wearing a design that started off in my brain, then I can go to bed smiling
My Brother rang me from Brisbane, Australia to say he found a hair straighter in “Best and Less” with my Mikoto character designed called Geisha Grooves on the side.
I rang the distributor Tempo Australia and after one phone call they have decided to try and get away with it. No response to emails and no returning of phone calls.
Very disappointing, and they we wouldn’t notice!!
The Tempo Australia, Models Prefer Hair Straightener with mikoto design on it
Evidence that it was designed by mikoto in 2007
Mikoto's Geisha Grooves
Rip Off: http://www.blnts.com/eng/CMBlock/blue.cfm
Please post this, seeing how it’s an entire line of clothing. Disgusting.
He sells his stuff through these sites on his tumblr, HERE
(All stolen images)
Let him know that this kind of stuff won’t fly HERE