Copied design sold on themeforest

web://contact is an internet agency based in Germany. In June 2010 we relaunched our new website which was featured in some css galleries out there. Since we know there is a small line between inspiration and plagiarism, we’ve got a quite relaxed point of view on that. But when somebody obviously copies our ideas AND makes money out of it that’s when we get pissed off. But form your own opinion:

Original: www.webcontact.de

Ripoff by hogash sold on themeforest: Live Preview / Themeforest
hogash ripoff

Let’s take a look at some of the copied details. On the left side is our original work, on the right side is the copied work:

Same height of the menu and exactly the same background-color(!) #638900 ... man you're kidding me

 

Same bubble on the right side below the header

 

same line below headlines

 

same bubble to show the location

 

That theme has been purchased about 440 times on themeforest (300x Joomla and 140x HTML) so far.

Thanks for reading.

Copy Cat Forever 21 Steals Speckles the Loss Cat Concept from Atlanta Artist R.Land

It looks like Retail giant Forever 21 is at it again.

I kept hearing about Forever21, and so I thought I’d check out the site.
Although I never purchased anything, from time to time I’d check out their new inventory. On my second or third time there, I saw a shirt that said “Lost Cat” and immediately I thought something didn’t look right. It looked almost exactly like my “Loss Cat” t-shirt by Atlanta based multimedia artist R. Land (which brought “Speckles the loss cat” to street art cult status), but there were slight alterations. The concept was exactly the same, the font was the same, and the copy was from a poster I’d seen on one of R. Lands facebook pages. I was totally confused. I contacted the artist and discovered that the Forever21 “Lost Cat” shirt had never been authorized and was a knock off of the original from 2001. I had heard stories of the big retail giants ripping off designs from sites like Etsy, but I guess I didn’t realize how blatant it was! Turns out upon further investigation this is nothing new for Forever21 with almost 60 copyright infringement lawsuits filed against them in the past three years by designers including Diane Von Furstenburg, Anna Sui and Gwen Stefani. I was shocked!

The problem of artists (commercial or otherwise) getting ripped off by retail giants is growing. Artists need to be made aware that unless they protect themselves legally in this predatory economy, they are vulnerable to attack by culture vultures with big gun lawyers. Why should the term “buyer beware” only apply to the consumer and not the big corporate giants? Some of the biggest ones are not showing due diligence in researching and/or ethical judgment in their buying habits. They hide behind buying entities (LLCs within LLCs) to defer the blame. Interestingly enough, the owners of Forever 21 are “christian” and they print the bible verse John 3:16 on the bottom of their bags. Apparently, they don’t spend money on advertising. Instead they spend money to settle out of infringement cases in court. It’s their strategy.

Forever 21 has also sued a blogger who was complaining about these predatory business practices for “brand infringement and dilution.”

It brings to mind the question: At what point does a creative entity become it’s own thing and no longer a copy? If something is just different enough, it can pass on it’s own sometimes. An interesting debate. The threshold varies for a lot of people. In this case, I think it’s pretty obvious. . . I think it’s a timely story that hits a nerve with a lot of creative people.

Here is a screenshot of the unauthorized product being offering (it looks like the link is inactive / they may have taken it down now):

Forever 21 copy cat version

Poor Tourettes guy…

He gets used everywhere…

 

My original drawings…

 

 

I usually don’t mind too much since I didn’t create the real life Tourettes Guy , I just drew him. When I see someone is trying to profit from my drawings I gotta go after them.

 

Wish me luck.

-mike

 

My website they are stolen from..

 

http://www.soapintheeye.com/home/?page_id=70

 

Adding the links to the biggest offenders:

 

http://www.wordans.us/custom-t-shirt-design-details/funny-design-tourettes-guy-bird-shit-79129

 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tourettes-guy-17/id431755649?mt=8#

 

Momi boutique design ripped by eBay user aboatnee

An eBay seller ripped my friends dress design, name, and description. The seller actually copied the item name and description from my friend’s site, and then pasted it into their eBay listing. When Momi boutique called the seller out on it, the seller immediately changed the description, but still insisted that the design was not copied.

Here is the original:

Momi boutique Chirpy Bluebird

http://momiboutique.com/item_281/Chirpy-Bluebird.htm

 

Here is the knock-off item being sold on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220782200978&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123#ht_500wt_1156

This happens all of the time to her. These talentless, uninspired hacks just copy her designs and try to sell them cheaper on Etsy or eBay.

Is it only coincidence? I say not. Especially since the item description was copied letter for letter.

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