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


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

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.

Flipping photos for PSA posters doesn’t make it original art

“Here in this post we have gathered a unique variety of gorgeous hand drawn illustrations by Grzegorz Domaradzki aka Gabz. We hope that you will admire these worthy works.”

Grzegorz Domaradzki

Clearly using flipped Jill Greenberg as reference material

Jill Greenberg

Jill Greenberg

I emailed Jill’s studio and they said they were going to look into it. Shame since the intent of the poster is obviously a good cause.

Forbes Article about WTForever21

The news is two weeks old, but seeing it in Forbes today means that it’s gone mainstream.  I wanted to share since F21 is a regular feature on these pages.  Forever 21 sues blogger behind WTForever21, and blogger lawyers up:

[Kane says] “I used to shop at Forever 21 a lot. It was my go-to shop for single-serving fast fashion, kind of like Kwik-E-Mart, but with a shitload of sequins. Even though I loved the low prices and easy- to-wear trends, every so often I’d run across something utterly insane. A leopard print jumper with gold fringe along the collar. Shiny, golden boat shoes. Cocktail rings smothered with rhinestones like some kind of wearable Liberace acid trip. I started WTForever 21 as a way to chronicle these missteps,” she explains.

While Kane meant her blog to be taken as good-natured snark, Forever 21 didn’t see it that way. In April, the company sent a cease-and-desist letter that took exception to her site’s cheeky play on the store’s name and her use of images from the company’s own website. The letter demanded that she take down WTForever 21 or face being sued for copyright infringement.

I don’t want to get too deep into the inevitable “fair use” discussion, since that angle continues to get hashed out by other sources.  All I would say is that satire or parody is one of the best-established foundations for a fair-use defense, and if I had to pick a side, I’d probably be comfortable arguing that Kane’s use of Forever21′s images is “transformative” in the sense that is generally required for courts to find that a complete copy is fair. So net/net I think it’s good Kane has retained counsel- as the recent 8-bit Miles Davis flap has demonstrated, the range of fair use suffers when ordinary people can’t afford to put up a fight.

I’m posting this mainly because most of the F21 posts here are documenting situations where Forever 21 is selling product based on a design created by someone else.  In light of that history, it’ s … interesting… to see them take this “do as we say, not as we do” approach to intellectual property rights.  I wonder what Anna Sui would have to say about it.

How Bree Leman is basically stealing the fashion Illustrator Sophie Griotto


I’ve been a huge fan of Sophie Griotto for years. She’s a very talented illustrator and she’s very well known in France and has also worked for quite a few brands around the world.

The other day, I was on the internet looking for some tutorials in textile design when I stumbled across an article on Bree Leman. At first, it’s the picture which caught my eyes, I was sure it was one of Sophie Griotto’s. I soon realized my mistake but as I was curious, I did a bit of research. I realized that not only Bree Leman was purely copying the drawing skills of Sophie Griotto but she was also stealing the atmosphere, the technic, the universe of her illustrations.

So, ok, she’s not just taking the illustration and drawing on top of it. But still, you can clearly see where she finds her inspiration and call it her own.




American Express copies TXTual Healing

I came across American Express’ commercial for their Social Currency campaign on TV. The part in the add that shows dynamic speech bubbles “projected” on a building and apparently being filled with user generated content to signify a public conversation really struck me as a direct copy of the work I started 5 years ago with TXTual Healing, where I project speech bubbles on buildings to create a stage for dialogue that people could create using text messaging.

I’ve been doing my project for the past 5 years in multiple countries and languages, and the work has been written about in notable publications like the Economist and Wired, as well as numerous popular websites, such as Google’s creative internet.

I’m not questioning the use of speech bubbles, or SMS projecting, but the combination and the context in which amex displays them as a blatant imitation of my work. And from my research years ago I was the first to do this execution of the concept in 2006.

From the looks of it I would say that they didn’t even do the projection and this was rendered.

Here is a screen shot from amex’s site showing a still from the commercial:


This is a photo of an interactive projection I did in Paris in 2007:

More of this work can be seen here: &

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