Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cheating is just not right—Pattern theft

I am a big fan of Orange You Lucky by Helen Dardik. Recently I stared following her with more regularity, only to find a very distressing headline: Pattern Theft. You can read all about it on her blog. She has had at least one of her patterns copied almost exactly and manufactured and sold under another name. The worst of it is that she happened on it herself while checking out one of her favourite blogs.

More distressing still is that several comments to her story had links to other designers sites where similar things had happened.

Such as a blog post by Made By Girl. Embarrassingly, the culprit—Jack-in-the-box designs is a Canadian company. Shame on you!!

and this post by Tula Pink  about hearing that her beautiful fabrics had been poorly copied and were getting sold at Walmart.

It is easy to let your guard down with all of us so freely blogging and sharing our ideas. My heart goes out to anyone who has worked so hard to get where they are, only to find that someone has underhandedly and against the laws of every country copied and profited in such a despicable way.

Each of these links gives you information on how to email the retailers involved. I am sure that there will be follow up so keep posted. Unfortunately, there are many more stories to be told.

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