Friday, August 27, 2010
Don't copy other peoples things.
Last night I wrote a long essay on the topic of today's discussion, but then I thought, as it is so obvious, all I really have to do is show the pictures.
This is a well recognised design by Verity Keniger, a screen printer/illustrator/artist from Edinburgh:
And this is the copied "design" by Kelly Hyatt, of a company called "Lagom", used on greeting cards sold online in their store and various retailers:
The company/designer has done things like this before, and are refusing to acknowledge any wrongdoing, using an aggressive defensive strategy which has involved sending threatening emails to Verity and to other people who have commented on her blog post about the matter (myself included). They are not even taking the product down from sale.
I would like to highlight this issue and to ask you, as a consumer, not to purchase products produced by unscrupulous companies who think that it is perfectly fine to profit from the work of artists without their permission, pay them nothing, and threaten them when they find out about it.
Social media is a powerful tool in getting the word out about pretty much anything, so please re-blog this, or send a kindly worded email to Lagom asking them to remove the design from sale, and if you would like to see my original essay (it's a fair bit longer than this, going into detail of exactly what has been said and done in this instance) send me an email and I'll let you read it.
UPDATE: The greeting card has been removed from the Lagom online shop, but they are still refusing to admit responsibility, instead, have chosen to threaten legal action against Verity. Weird, since it was something that they did in the first place.
at 7:57 PM