How do you know if someone has copied you? How similar can a product be without actually having copied your work? Is it all a case of just how much of your idea appears to be in this new product?
I’m struggling with all these questions this morning and to be honest I’m a bit out of my league. I guess I’ve always been a little paranoid about this kind of thing and I’ve got friends who have had their work copied so I’m not exactly naive on the subject but it’s still a little upsetting.
I’ve had someone before ask me questions about a product of mine and then go on to produce a similar item, this happened to me a few months ago. Whilst annoying, there are other similar products out there, so I can’t really complain about that one. It is annoying that she asked sizes etc and even uses the same subject matter though. It also doesn’t help that she is a much more sucessful and well known maker so therefore people are bound to see her product before they see mine!
This time though it’s one of my products that I haven’t seen anything similar of. When I came up with the idea I even searched around the internet and various selling sites like Etsy to see if anyone had a similar idea but I didn’t find anything. Now this morning, I’ve found it – and it’s a new company. I’ve sold these products of mine all over the place, I sell particularly well in America so I have no idea who could possibly be seeing my design and dare I say – copying it! Another slight issue is that this new company have a major distributor for their product.
But what can I do? How can I prove it? Have they really copied me or is it just a major coincidence? Will continue to struggle with these questions for the rest of the day whilst I try to bury my head in the sand and hope it all goes away! That’s healthy, right?