Monday, 2 June 2008

What a Cheek

Now I know they say that copying is the highest form of flattery, but Kate and I were non too happy when we received a tip off from lovely fellow Etsy seller Joosweetie. Whilst searching on the web she discovered a website selling t-shirts featuring Belle & Boo !
We were quick to complain and in fairness both companies involved removed the products straight away, but it makes me wonder how many they had already sold, whether they are still selling them locally & whether they are ripping off other artists in this way?
I have been alerted to people using Belle & Boo with out permission 3 times now, the wider world should know when you are part of a caring, crafting community like Etsy, there is no where to hide, you will soon be outed & severely told off !!!


30 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you have become another victim of brute and unpermitted copying of designs. It’s a shame there are people acting completely ignorant of copyright.
    I’ve read about someone who’s tutorial (for free) was copied and sold on ebay and about a number of softie-pattern designers who discovered their softies were sold in a number of countries...
    I hope you will keep on making and selling your lovely work though!

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  2. So sorry to hear this! It's really awful! Shame on them! Makes you wonder if they've payed for any of their designs... I hope you will be compensated for this!

    Love your work and hate to see someone steal it!

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  3. There's no way they could have paid for these designs, right? They would have to go through you Mandy. Ugh. Some people are just really, honestly, quite stupid.

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  4. Oh my gosh! thats really scary isnt it. Its good to know at least, there are people within the etsy community that will flag this sort of thing. How on earth did they got hold of your work at a high enough resolution to print it??! madness.

    Glad you caught them out!
    x

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  5. That would make me so angry too! :S

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  6. Just unbelievable!! I'm glad someone found it and told you but ughh - what a horrible company to copy your artwork like that!! Hope you are feeling ok!

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  7. this is so awful! good job there are nice folk around to look out for one another. x

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  8. It is so sad to hear this. Some people don't get it. Copying and stealing is wrong! I hate that you have had to deal with folks like this. I'm keeping my eyes open! Take good care!

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  9. That is really really bad, when it is a big company out to really make money it makes me even more angry because they should be paying for the images rather than just stealing them!

    Glad that you were told about it and they were quick to comply, although I would be the same as you and still have worries.

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  10. Oh, that is really upsetting... I feel violated, I can just imagine how troubled you would have been! I'm glad you found out about it. I'm glad you posted about this so we can all keep our eye out.

    Nothing is better than an original Belle & Boo!
    jbxo

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  11. That is amazing to me that people do things like that! Sorry that you had to deal with something like that! I have to say though, your work makes an adorable t-shirt! I would buy one (FROM YOU!)Your work is very wonderful- good luck to you!
    Melissa

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  12. oh my, this is not ok! >:-((( shall feel really bad and angry!!!

    strenght, kiss, Hermianne

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  13. but another thing: the t shirts are lovely, maybe an idea to make t shirts, because i would buy them i suppose! If made by you :-)))

    liefs, Hermianne

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  14. I can't believe it. I walked into my city library the other week, and there was a huge picture of my reading girl in one of the display cases, blown up really big in poster size with the words changed to match their display. They weren't selling it of course, but I couldn't believe it! I immediately hollered about it, and they had no idea that i lived locally. "Just another artist on the internet" I guess. They at least were really nice about the issue, but They did mention that my READ WITH ME image was the only one that i hadn't had a watermark on. I immediately watermarked it, but thought just like you: if this was just my town, what else is out there that I am NOT catching!! So, another plug for the watermark: keep people from downloading your images. But really, so sorry you had to deal with that! We ETSY artists will just keep watching out for eachother!

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  15. Bare faced cheek, always shocks me how people try and profit from someone elses hard work, glad you caught them out!
    Haven't visited your blog for a while, my bad, I have missed so many of your wonderful creations, off to the Etsy store now to splurge, yay!

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  16. I will definitely keep an eye out for things like this! It highly irritates me when I see anything that even resembles something I know I've seen first on the blogs!! That just happened earlier today... Pottery Barn has sheets on their front cover that look just like Anna Maria's new fabric!! I think artists will always stick up for one another!

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  17. Mandy, I am SO frustrated (!!!) for you and all small and independent designers who are trying to make a living with their original work and become victims of copyright abuse.

    I don't believe they are ignorant of copyrights, I think they are fully aware of the crime (stealing) they are committing, banking on the fact they won't get caught.

    We should start an internet campaign against this company so their brand name is not known as designing for "fashionable young women who want a seamless transformation from work sophistication to casual chic in one go. " but rather a shameful one who lacks originally and steals from those that don't.

    Sorry, I get very upset when I hear cases of copyright infringement, especially where there is blatant stealing and profiting from the work. I now remember almost the exact same thing happened with Rosa Pomar - http://www.aervilhacorderosa.com/blog/2007/08/cuidado_com_as_imitacoes_1.html

    Well, one thing's for sure, it's good to have friends around the world keeping their eyes open!

    Hope the rest of your week is better than the start.

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  18. oops, here's that link - http://www.aervilhacorderosa.com/blog/2007/08/cuidado_com_as_imitacoes_1.html

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  19. It's hard to imagine having so much nerve I think. I saw something similar on the wee wonderfuls website, a complete rip off by, sadly, an Australian company. Again they did stop making them, but who knows what had been sold to that point. It's not as if they don't realise either, it's sad that people are so, I guess, greedy.

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  20. My jaw hit the floor! That's unbelievable. What gall.
    I am so so sorry.

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  21. this kind of thing is just awful, i was just notified yesterday that a seller on ebay UK is selling notebooks with my designs on them, as well as the designs of another etsy artist...ebay has been notified, but so far nothing has been done...i'm sorry this has happened to you too, it's so frustrating and disheartening to think that people are that bold, brazen, and disrespectful, and downright rude! i'm glad you got it taken care of though...your work is lovely ♥
    layla

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  22. gosh, it is really heartbreaking to see that there are companies seeking out artwork from individuals and blatantly infringing on copyright laws. so good to know that someone found it and recognized it as your work to alert you.

    your work is just amazing and you deserve all the credit for your talent... and all the proper royalties!

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  23. Do they don't have own ideas? That's really unbelievable, what a pain in ....
    What are your plans now, do you want do something against them?
    Good luck!

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  24. Ooohh that is sooo naughty, how terrible.
    I have only just found one of my photos being used by an ebay shop as their logo photo, and I was quite annoyed so I can only imagine how upsetting this will be for you.
    Good for you for sorting them out!
    love Alison x

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  25. oh my god! the cheek of it, so blatant! so glad they agreed to take them down without a fight.
    x

    ps i put some holiday pics up. let's catch up soon.

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  26. I just found some of my illustrations today were taken too and put onto a t-shirt. It is so distressing!

    I've got my copy in person, and it is really depressing to have it sit here and actually see how badly copied it is in real life. :(

    You'll have to let me know whether the company will compensate you for any sales.

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  27. Yes, to echo charliemotel, how did they get high enough resolution of your work for printing purposes?

    I'm working on my own illustrations to offer on my etsy shop soon and I'm worried about the same thing happening to me, especially since I don't have friends in the community who are as vigilant as yours. :-(

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  28. Oh I'm so sorry! I have to say though, if there's any chance you'd be interested in putting your designs on teeshirts, dresses, tunics, tea towels, undies, or anything else, I would buy them ALL UP!

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  29. I have been finding more and more examples of my own work being downloaded and used as prints, t-shirts, posters, etc. and when approached people's attitude mostly seems to be well it was on the internet, wasn't it? we can download anything we want and use it....i'm afraid that artists are losing the rights to their own work and there's not much to be done about it. there's no way we can track everyone who is using our work....without permission or payment!

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  30. Haven't read your blog for a while, but was fuming when I read this. You should sue.

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