#1 By: Rob Beschizza, October 18th, 2013 15:43
#2 By: Boundegar, October 18th, 2013 16:01
Surely the MPAA and the RIAA will go to bat for the artists and stamp out this piracy, right?
#3 By: Jason Andresen, October 18th, 2013 16:05
Silly artist, Copyright lawsuits are for big corporations.
#4 By: hugh_dandrade, October 18th, 2013 16:12
It seems that some good has already come of this. West Elm has decided to drop Cody Foster's products: http://blog.westelm.com/2013/10/17/we-love-authenticity/
#5 By: Mellivora Capensis, October 18th, 2013 16:37
Brown says that she even has records of a woman named Diane
Foster--the same name as Cody Foster's mother and the woman listed in
state filings as the vice president of Cody Foster & Co.--purchasing
one of her designs off of Etsy and having it shipped to Cody Foster's
headquarters in Valentine, NE, back in 2009.
So, sociopathic behavior is potentially hereditary.
#6 By: xzzy, October 18th, 2013 17:09
I don't buy it, the MPAA and RIAA have spent the last 15 years telling us all that just because you admit you were distributing copyrighted materials and promise to stop doesn't mean you're not liable.
It's pretty much crap that corporations get to call down the wrath of god when an average joe does something wrong, but when it's the corporation at fault? "Oh whoopsie our bad, can't we all just get along and forget this PR disaster happened pretty please?" is what we get.
#7 By: robotmonkeys, October 18th, 2013 17:21
According to Picasso, Cody Foster & Company, aren't just good artists, they're great artists.
#8 By: Bosco Hearn Jr, October 18th, 2013 17:55
Good artists copy;
great artists banana.
(stolen, in parts, from bOINGbOING)
#9 By: Chris O, October 18th, 2013 19:24
Copying designs is difficult to litigate, but it seems like copying an artist's signature could be grounds for a trademark infringement suit.
You'd still have to do the calculus of whether you'd get enough out of the suit to cover the costs, of course.
#10 By: mkirkland, October 19th, 2013 02:05
They'd have to actually have a trademark for that.
#11 By: firstname.lastname@example.org, October 19th, 2013 07:11
Exsqueeze me? Is this a pro-copyright, pro-trademark, anti-sharing piece in BoingBoing? OMG?
#12 By: Cryptic, October 20th, 2013 13:49
Might be a violation of the Visual Artist's Rights Act, though.
#13 By: Matt Beaudoin, October 20th, 2013 15:18
It blows my mind to see how blatant theft like this is becoming. I was equally shocked to learn how expensive prosecution can be. We really need to contact our congressmen and senators to get the law changed. Common Law Copyright should include a multiplier for damages and legal fees. There doesn't need to be much of a multiplier, but the pain resulting from theft of intellectual property should be higher than the profit from that theft. There are so many good ideas out there that none of us have actually thought of yet. These companies should invest in their own creativity rather than farm small artisan's hard work into a pirate knock off..
#14 By: nemryn, October 21st, 2013 14:43
There's a huge difference between taking a thing and mixing in some of your own ideas before passing it on, and just straight-up ripping something off.
#15 By: Rob Beschizza, October 23rd, 2013 15:43
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