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Illustrator Adrian Valencia unfortunately just discovered an online shop selling clothes which use his illustrations, unauthorized of course. The blouse in question features this image, modifying a few colours here and there: 

I hope this has a happy ending and he finds out how this all occurred, and can encourage them to put a stop to it without the pain of a legal battle (remember, suing someone is not only incredibly expensive, but a lawsuit can go on for months or even years).
Far too many of us are familiar with situations like this, but the upside is that an active online community is our best defense. 
(via ROMWE | Cartoon Fashionable Lady Print Apricot blouse)

Illustrator Adrian Valencia unfortunately just discovered an online shop selling clothes which use his illustrations, unauthorized of course. The blouse in question features this image, modifying a few colours here and there: 

I hope this has a happy ending and he finds out how this all occurred, and can encourage them to put a stop to it without the pain of a legal battle (remember, suing someone is not only incredibly expensive, but a lawsuit can go on for months or even years).

Far too many of us are familiar with situations like this, but the upside is that an active online community is our best defense. 

(via ROMWE | Cartoon Fashionable Lady Print Apricot blouse)

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TypeSnitch

A group of independent font designers have teamed up to create a service which will track the unauthorized use and distribution of font files online. They’re trying to raise $4,000 to make this happen:

TypeSnitch is a community-funded service that helps you keep tabs on where your font files are being publicly shared online. It will monitor popular sources and help you request file takedowns and other tedium related to inappropriate sharing of your files.

(Source: typesnitch.com)

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If you’re out to make a great app or better hammer, there will be copy cats galore. As for nice artists looking to do something with your own characters… what I really must warn you about are crafters who rip IP. Boy do I hate them. I’ll take giant corporate entities ripping on us over crafters any day.

See, when it’s the giant companies, it’s always some young new in-house designer getting lazy and throwing existing IP into the mix, figuring nobody will know. It’s an easy fix, they pay your legal fees and remove the product, done deal.

But crafters? They don’t have the $ to pay legal fees. But you will always have to pay yours, and you will always always have to stop every single one of them.

Uglydoll copycats

Absolutely wonderful post by Uglydoll™ creator DAVID HORVATH (this links to the full post on his Google+ page).

It makes tremendous sense, but it’s not something most of us would think about until we were in that position. The image here are a crafter’s copies of his work. Copying is not always the “highest form of flattery” you can pay someone.

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Etsy's crafty balance: Fans vs. trademark holders | The Social - CNET News

Do fan-created crafts help or hinder popular trademark properties like Twilight and Harry Potter? Or: Who on earth would buy a hand-crafted Justin Bieber bottle cap pendant??

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All Creative Work Is Derivative, photographed and animated by Nina Paley.

From Question Copyright:

The whole history of human culture evolves through copying, making tiny transformations (sometimes called “errors”) with each replication. Copying is the engine of cultural progress. It is not “stealing.” It is, in fact, quite beautiful, and leads to a cultural diversity that inspires awe.

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"This painting is not available in your country" (by Paul Mutant)