29.4.09

Ok so heres the thing...

This week has been so full of copycats it is crazy...CRAZY. The other day I was totally appalled when I was reading C Jane and how women are taking her blog posts...and word for word posting them on THEIR sites as if they were the witty ones that wrote it. I cannot even wrap my mind around that. How can you do that and carry on as if it is ok? Poor C Jane (Courtney) I think it is driving her mad. It wasn't just one lady or just one post either. It was several people and several posts. That is sick.

So I was carrying on my day today as usual. A boutique had asked me about a certain product from a different vendor and so I was looking and googling and happened upon a site I have never heard of before. So I am browzing and ohmygod...I was stopped dead in my tracks. The photos posted explain what I found. These photos on this post are not my products, I am sure you can tell that(although those leggings sure the hell could be mine)...BUT...they certainly bare a strange resemblance to items I have been making for over 2 years now. Items that came out of my own head. Items that only I do. I am not claiming to have come up with the I heart such and such...or that Kindergarten does in deed rock...BUT...COME ON PEOPLE! I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened. I have seen a couple kindergarten rocks things done in my rainbow of stones...they don't compare. But I draw the line at my leggings...that is my design...that is my font...those are my leggings. Like I have said, I knew it was only a matter of time before someone tried this...and I was ready...am ready because those leggings you see are trademarked. I own that design. I have emailed the woman who had the gall to make those and mentioned as such. Sigh. Why do women do this to other women. I am not going to compare this to C Janes issues...but I bet I feel as sick as she does.

Man that stinks doesn't it? I had this issue with another lady last year. A MAJOR lady. We had words...and trust me...I don't like words...but we had them. She tried to turn it around on me...but the truth is the truth and both she and I know who's design it was. Nuff said.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

As you well know i feel your pain..BUT mine was a friend at one point..UNBELIEVEABLE! needless to say she is NO LONGER or EVER WILL BE but i must add that NO THOSE COULD NOT BE YOUR LEGGINGS...this garb doesnt compare...but YES it is def a pisser...i would know from a mile away these items are NOT paperlili=)

em said...

oops that was me..not sure why it says anonymous

Anonymous said...

Maybe that chick could bling a "I don't have a mind of my own" tank. Atleast that would be original.
Your line does in fact rock.
Copycats honk me off, too!
xo Robin

Elle's Mom said...

I totally know how you are feeling right now! I have had wording, designs, blog posts, etc all taken and used as someone elses. It's so frustrating :-(

char said...

Girl that makes me ill to my stomach. Just post the link to who's doin it. So we call all email her and tell her how very WRONG she is. girl I got u.

Loraine said...

OMG!!! ~ WTF???

Sassy Pink Boutique said...

SOOOO SORRY! I've had the same problem! It's a shame that moms are doing this.

I posted about this very topic awhile ago. It's completely insane, sorry you had to deal with it and lucky it's trademarked! Good for you.

Melboca said...

Wow, I would be so upset too. I love those leggings and found them to be one of a kind. It's clearly a trademark infringement. That really disgusts me that someone can't be creative to come up with their own design.

Anonymous said...

That makes me sick to my stomach!
They are mental midgets and insecure woman. I would call your attorney.
From a legal standpoint it is illegal. I don't understand what motivates women to do this??

I know you and I don't 'know' each other but I love everything you make and wish you tons of success.

April

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog and I am also being copied down to the last detail :( I'm interested in hearing about how you went about trademarking these though since it's a pair of leggings with a name on the side. My designs are not on clothing but I have the same issue. I really need to think about trademarking and/or patenting. I see alot of people being "knocked off" by others but it's really never as good as the first, know what I mean?

Heather said...

That's so awful! Your designs are amazing!! Karma is a b*tch!

Lindsay said...

I have dealt with the same thing. I still can't understand what makes these people think it is acceptable to pull the crap, but they do. I could go on and on! Read a post from last week on my blog. I have been dealing with a real classy one for the last couple of months.

Lena said...

Ew. Seriously. But let me tell you, these knockoffs are about as bad as the CUCCI (that's right, not GUCCI) watch I bought when I was 13 off the streets of NYC. Such an obvious fake. And so obviously not as nice as Paperlili!

Share The Love Photography said...

I'm so glad you have them TM! I love them!

OH, BTW, I have a client who totally needs some leggings for a photoshoot with me and some tutu's... :D And I think we need another pair that say DANCE... We Love Paperlili...

Mari/Chloe's Mom said...

Be happy,I know u r saying easy for you to say, but the truth is you have ideas, you are creative, you are the artist behind your stuff, people lack all that and more, so YOU will always have those poor little mindless people.
Smile u r a sweetheart!