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It's just amazing. I created this: fav.me/dw6zul

...and then a woman in Germany created this: miss-molly.com/images/logos/he… for her online shop. What a coincidence, no? So similar, and yet...

Gee, I sure would have said that's a rip-off, but no, wait--she tells me she has registered her work here:
register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/… Her logo is a registered trademark, she says to me!

So okay, I guess that makes it all right.

I haven't decided what I'll do, if anything. Folks, stuff like this makes me weary, as I know it does every one of you to whom this has happened. Much, much too distracting from things that really matter.

Of course, the best part is always how the guilty parties hasten to inform you that they paid someone else to do it, and that person swore it was original, and how on earth were they to know, and besides, it's not that similar to your art, really, and oh just go away, we want to be free to steal things from the internet in peace for god's sake.

Another glass of wine for me, please.

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So...after a few emails back and forth, the art has been removed and rancor and ill will have pretty much evaporated, as is appropriate for the season. A relief!

Happy Happy Holidays to all, and the Best of Everything in the New Year! :hug:
  • Listening to: streaming New Age Christmas Music
  • Watching: the steam rise from a big pot of pasta sauce
  • Drinking: Coffecoffeecoffeecoffee
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lbargie Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am glad to hear that you're a fighter. I hope everything works out and you still have a great holiday season and new year.
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! And the very same to you! :hug:
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lordwarhammer Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Congrats on the win!
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
Great to hear that every once in a great while, the ethics of Justice take on a slightly even keel.

"listening", Classic Windham Hill Seasonal perhaps?

Merry Xmas/Winters Solstice Chrissy, Mr Agrivaine .
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Mr 57--the very same to you and a Happy 2011 as well! :hug:

And yes...I do believe some Windham Hill selections were included in that stream... :music::music::music:
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ccRask Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
By submitting it on DeviantArt, you automatically have your own copyright attached. I know it's a headache and a hassle, but I would pursue this legally.
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Actually, I have decided to take action; we'll see how it goes.

And having the piece on dA, with copyright notice and the date of submission, is a big help.

Thanks for your comment. :)
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ccRask Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
No problem! I hope it all works out for you. Fight the good fight sista
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
whats more amazing is the brazen laziness of not even bothering to 'refine' it to look different (Line thickness, pose is exact)

Artist need to create a "Copyright Posse" to take care of these 'wrongdoer's'....
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yup :nod: And then there's the way the hand with the pizza slice is cleverly tucked behind the logotype...ha ha.

I like the Copyright Posse idea... :lol: Let's do it!
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57Drawinc Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Mmkay.. We need a logo/watermark stamped in LemonJuice, a secret handshake, be required to have at least a dozen rotten eggs, and we'll all wear a crocus on our lapels...

But seriously, unless 'global' graphic associations don't emphasize the ethics of these problems, this may be our only last resort...

Good Luck Chrissy. Keep us up to date.
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BenTanArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010   Digital Artist
It's probably not worth the headache. Yours is so much better anyway. Theirs is awful!
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Agreed, Ben--that logo graphic is hideous. And thinking about it has already taken up too much of my time! But...it still pisses me off. :pissedoff:
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BenTanArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010   Digital Artist
That stuff definitely gets me hot under my collar!
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jarcandablossoms Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a registered trademark AFTER you made it.

She stole it. You have the upper ground.
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
It might take way too much time and effort to pursue (though I might try contacting the trademark agency just on the off chance that I can get results that way.)
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