Corporate Copyright Scofflaws 0010 – Claire's Accessories

The Original Design
The Original Design

The largest copyright pirates are the large corporations, particularly in the content distribution business. Yes, those companies who scream the loudest that their customers are ‘pirating’ movies, songs, books, etc. In this series, we are going to look at cases where these companies have engaged in large scale copyright infringement, or in other ways have been ripping off artists.

In all cases I will be working with published information. It is possible that this information may not be up to date, or may not accurately reflect the current status of the situation. If I am supplied documentary evidence which shows a different status, I will publish an update. In cases where a lawsuit ensued, and the settlement was sealed, I will not update the published information, unless I am provided with:

1) A copy of the settlement
2) Permission to publish the settlement

While I realize this may cause problems for one or more of the parties involved, I believe in only publishing things I can reference, so that those who read this have an evidence trail to follow.

Note that the above text will appear in every article, if you’ve read it once, feel free to skip down to the divider.

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Copying a relative unknown must be so inviting to the corporate sector. The chances of getting caught are low, and the chance that the person copied can afford to send a lawyer after you, in your jurisdiction even lower. So they keep on doing it.

Like Cooks Source, it appears that Claire’s Accessories likes freebies. But they’ve made a huge mistake, in copying a local artist. To quote:

Well well well, I never thought and hoped I would not have to write such a post about copying but unfortunately I am here writing exactly that as today @Cowshop kindly warned me about a necklace she had seen in Claire’s Accessories.

As I said, they copied a local artist. She went to the store, and bought a copy of the copy.

She’s really upset. And who can blame her? She’s done a fair bit of work, and someone has copied one of her designs. As of today, the store itself doesn’t seem to have responded, and indeed it may be that they bought the charm in good faith.

But this sort of thing happens all too often. And there’s little that the designer/author can do, unless they get lucky. So this is my attempt to help her get lucky, by letting people know about what’s going on.

Regards

Wayne Borean

Sunday January 23, 2011

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