Throughout the last 2 days many ripp-offs (from exact to modified copies) that happened to other designers came to my notice (thanks to you, dear readers telling me about other cases), that I almost can´t believe how hard-boiled some companies are, when stealing designs and claiming them as their own. "Hide and seek" called it they "suck the blood of a small independent artist" and I think that´s exactly what they do.
I want to give some update to the DPAM viking prints:
It´s more than 2 weeks ago that I wrote my first email to DPAM (Svea told me, they are really big and have worldwide shops), asking for some statement. I also sent a second note, but I have not recieved any response yet.
So I talked to a lawyer, asking what I could do in this case and his résumé is kind of frustrating. For some legal action I would have to take lots of money. Although designs are protected by intellectual property rights (copyright), it gets difficult if somebody steals it and makes some modifications, like DPMA did.
The lawyers advice was better to ignore this case, than taking the risk of paying high court bills .....
I asked him what I could do, to protect my designs better from being ripped off.
Something I might think about for the future (and this is maybe something interesting for some of you as well), is:
registered design (eingetragenes Geschmacksmuster).
Snag: this is only possible for new designs, if you use your design since years, it´s no option,
and it is also no real protection for being copied.
Unique items, which differ from one to another seem to be difficult to register, as description of a registered design needs to be exact and does not allow much variation.
Alltogether not a very satisfying answer.
After much debating and mulling over, at the moment it seems there is nothing I can do.
If somebody still has an idea, I´d be very grateful to hear. THANK YOU!