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Small Claims Court Option for Artists Dealing with Copyright Infringement

Copyright is a complicated issue to navigate, one which many artists avoid because they simply can’t afford to get involved when something comes up.The expense of a lengthy litigation and the energy that needs to be shifted from the studio to the courtroom (read: further loss in revenue) create a daunting scenario. Would a small…

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Finding the truth behind American-made product knock offs

This article was written by Shannon Lester, designer for Steel Life, and originally posted to her blog Blooming Desert’s Daily Dirt. We’re reposting with her permission. With my recent discovery of product designers in the outdoor living industry being knocked off from Asia, big box stores or elsewhere, I have decided to speak out about…

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Following the Cody Foster & Co. Caper

For those following the Cody Foster & Co. fiasco, the story has been unfolding for quite some time. I was asked to document my experience and perspective as an artist who was ripped off by the infamous ornamentors.  I hadn’t heard of Cody Foster & Co. prior to December 2009, when a fellow crafter reached…

Art & The Infringement Culture

Art & The Infringement Culture The phrase “copyright infringement” often conjures up visions of Chinese factories and dusty marketplaces in India with fake Gucci bags and counterfeit iPod accessories making the rounds.  In reality, the practice of copyright infringement has become a striking and integral part of the business model of many retail companies based…

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