Tuesday, November 30, 2010

where does influence end and plagiarism begin?

finished another one today.

Some days back I got an email prompting me to a french company, called "du pareil au meme",
which is offering kids clothes with viking prints.
The sender of the email wondered if I had designed these viking prints for this company,
as they are very close to my viking design.

But I did not and I wonder where does influence end and plagiarism begin?

Keri´s article about plagiarism, does not have an answer to that question,
but is giving at least some comfort.

22 comments:

Beate Knappe said...

Oh Oh, das Design ist wirklich ziemlich ähnlich .-((((

becca jo said...

yikes!! that is a little too close for comfort....have you spoken to a lawyer about copyright yet?

Lisa said...

It's plagiarism definitly!! You must be really mad.
I'm french and I really liked "Du pareil au même"...
I won't see them the same way now that I know they steal people's work.
Anyway I find your vikings unique!

Meeling said...

That's so frustrating for you...that would be way to close for comfort if those were my designs.

Flattery is one thing but that's taking it way to far in my opinion.

Hope you can get it sorted out...I think your designs are truly unique.

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

Yes, you should definitely talk to a lawyer. But... it's not an exact duplicate of your work. So, I'm not completely sure. You may want to make sure your work is copyrighted as well. If I take a photo of a waterfall in my neighborhood and someone else does the same it's not plagiarism. If someone steals my photo and puts their name on it- it is plagiarism. In the case of this creative concept it would be wise to talk to a lawyer who knows how to protect you and what you need to copyright your work. Hope this helps!

sylvia said...

Wow, die könnten echt von dir sein :(
Ich bin jedesmal wieder erschrocken, wenn ich von solchen Fällen höre.

nicki said...

klar, wenn man die vikinger ansieht, dann ist es nicht ganz genauso wie sandra's vikinger, aber trotzdem verdächtig ähnlich und die art und weise sind schon ziemlich gleich. ich wäre glaubs wütend auf die firma und würde sofort konsequenzen ziehen und meine produkte schützen/eintragen lassen! auf der HP waren vor den wiehnachtssujets auch noch londoner busse und telefonzellen zu sehen...die sind jetzt aber weg. klar, man könnte die ganze sache auch von der positiven seite sehen und sagen: die sachen sind so toll, dass sie nachahmenswert sind! aber ohne vorher zu fragen, geht einfach nicht! punkt.

lizzie said...

that looks way too close to yours! plagiarism indeed....

Kristin L said...

Close, but not an exact copy. Their's definitely don't have the same energy that Keri spoke of as yours. Perhaps this should be taken as a sign that your work is so wonderful people recognize that others want it. Keep moving forward and growing -- you are unique and beautiful no matter how many others try to copy you. :-)

Bego said...

plagiarism, definitely, but your vikings are infinitely better than these, don't worry!
i'm still struggling with my angels, i hope to have them finished by the weekend. i'll send you some pictures. they don't look as pretty as yours (or as the one you're showing in this post) but they can do :)

Anonymous said...

No idea is unique.

Lunacy said...

Ja, die Ähnlichkeit ist wirklich da. Ich glaube ich wäre sauer.
Ich hoffe, du hast dein Design geschützt.
LG
Anja

herzensart said...

thank you all for sharing your opinions with me! To me it is obvious these viking prints show the main characteristics of my designs, they even used the 2 buttons I sew to my dolls trousers.
I wrote this company, but they are playing dead man.
I already talked to a lawyer.

Bego, I´m looking forward to your angels :)

swig said...

Das ist wirklich sehr ähnlich und ärgerlich.
Zur Information : DPAM (Du Pareil au Même) ist eine Art H&M für Kinder, die Produkte wechseln ständig, sind relativ originell und preiswert und finden sich wahrscheinlich in jeden französischen Kinderkleiderschrank. Es handelt sich also nicht um ein kleines Lädchen, sondern um eine Kette!
Ein Grund mehr sich zu wehren!
Herzliche Grüsse aus Paris!

rahel said...

Das ist sehr aergerlich- auch wenn die Vikinger nicht 100% gleich sind und deine viel, viel toller sind! Ich hoffe, dass du etwas erreichen kannst. Im heutigen Zeitalter von Internet ist es sehr schwer mit solchen Dingen.
Ich finde ueberigens dein Engel super suess!

Kickcan and Conkers said...

I've just come over here from Roddy & Ginger's blog where somebody left a link comparing your situation to hers.

http://roddyandginger.blogspot.com/2010/11/copy-cat-bird.html

What is wrong with people? I like Monoprix and Pareil au Même but they're are obviously using the services of copycat designers which makes me see them in a completely different light.
Good luck Sandra!

Anonymous said...

Da hat sich aber jemand gewaltig von Dir inspirieren lassen... So ein Ärger!

Ich finde es gut, daß Du dagegen vorgehst und wünsche Dir, daß nicht zu viel Energie für Ärger und Wehren draufgeht, die Du ja viel besser konstruktiv einsetzen könntest. Und zwar mit eigenen Ideen!

Herzliche Grüße, Elke

Kim Hayes said...

I echo what others have said...it is a copy and taking advantage of your success and creativity.

But it also reminds me of my creative fears...sometimes you know you created something truly unique other times you create something and then you see something similar somewhere else and you sigh. It is funny sometimes I wish I didn't discover your designs. Though silly that is what life is about sharing and meeting new people. I would never ever copy but when you see a strong connection with someone else’s art and creative loves in this interconnected world how do we maintain trust between each other.

That is one reason I introduced myself to you so you can see my journey. I guess maybe I answered my own question. We need to communicate with the ones we respect and the “business” part comes in for the ones who "copy". Those who stay true to themselves will succeed.

Anaïs said...

I don't believe a single moment that copy is flattering to the artist. Our work is our income, and we can't let other steal it. Hope you have a good lawyer...

Begoña said...

Que verguenza que grandes empresas roben la creatividad y el trabajo de pequeños autónomos.
También sucede con gente que busca su inspiración en web y blog plagiando ideas y dibujos.
Espero que la ley esté de parte y puedas hacer algo al respecto.
Suerte!!

shula said...

If it's any consolation at all, the copies are as ugly as sin.

I think you should employ a solilcitor, if only to bring to the attention of the company that you're aware of what they're doing.

zarah said...

:( that's sad...
but yours are infinitely better and lovelier.