Sleepy King’s absolutely adorable Liam the Fox character may not be the most complex artistic creation, but it is certainly creative enough to be covered by copyright protection (at least here in the US, I do not profess to be an expert in Swedish intellectual property law). A large Scandinavian company apparently has brought to market a series of products that bears a very familiar and adorable fox character. Is something rotten at this smorgasbord?
Some of you know by now that the large Swedish corporation – Lindex has stolen one of my most beloved designs that I created in 2009. I found out about this by one of my loyal fans in Norway. She recognized the design as a Sleepy King original and instantly felt disgusted and angry. If she wouldn’t have emailed me about this I may have never found out.
I am heart broken to say the least. I work so hard, and take great pride in my designs. I have many fans who know and love my work for it’s originality. It is painful to have my work ripped away from me behind my back by a giant corporation. Who knows how many of these they have sold already? Hundreds? Thousands? While I sit here in my tiny two bedroom rental, working as hard as I possibly can to make ends meet, Lindex is cashing in on my designs.
Liam the Sleepy Woodland fox was created by me in my home in 2009. Since then he has been one of my top sellers. It’s no wonder Lindex stole my designs without asking .. they saw great potential in this little fox and knew they could make lots of money off of him.
The real Sleepy King Liam: here
I am tired of these big corporations stealing from independent designers and small businesses on Etsy, Big Cartel and the like. You would think that with all of the billions they have, they could afford to hire real designers with original ideas. Corporate design theft must end for the sake of the handmade community. We should feel safe when we copyright our designs and put them out there on the internet for people to see and purchase.
Lindex has emailed me saying they are “looking into the matter” and they will get back to me soon. I am calling a lawyer tomorrow.
My story went viral on 9/9/2012. I stayed up until 4am answering emails and doing interviews with news companies in Norway and Sweden. You can read more about my story by clicking on the following links:
Hundreds of people complained on the Lindex facebook page.
Today Lindex admitted to taking great inspiration from my designs and we have agreed on a settlement. Lindex will continue to sell the merchandise with my designs until they’re completely gone. They will not continue production on these products.