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?

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Written by Sarah

3 Comments

Sophia

Hi Sarah. What’s happened really sucks, poor you! Although you are not alone I always feel a bit paranoid about my own designs being copied too. I remember reading something on Etsy to do with copyright and so on, but it’s more than likely to be for American designers. http://www.designspongeonline.com are doing a series of articles to help independant business people at the moment too, but again it’s an American site. But it might be wotht a look? I hope this helps a bit. Keep smiling! Sophia

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