Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition.2002.
Man, if nothing chaps my hide more, it’s someone stealing my work. I knew it would come to haunt me sooner or later and now I’ve had to call on my IP attorneys to police my work. Bleck. Folks think that by changing something 10% makes it “theirs.” I’ve heard excuses ranging from:
“I’ve given my cat an eye!”
“My line work is scratchy!”
“My line work is thicker!”
“My cats have whiskers!”
Stop. Just stop. I know you like my work –I like my work. It’s taken me over 40 years to develop this style and I’d appreciate it if you would take your thieving black soul somewhere else. I’m not inviting you to steal from someone else, just stop and please just go away.
Moments ago, I got an invite from Cloth, Paper, Scissors to submit “Your Studio Mascot.”
Hmm… where have I heard that before? Last Fall, I submitted my studio photos to their call with links to this blog to see more; YSM had been developed & designed prior to the call. The YSM announcement & graphic button had also been uploaded to this site.
I’m sending Cate, the CPS editor, a note about how disappointed I am in their editorial direction and lack of IP consideration. I’m sure this very public idea served as inspiration for their article and it would have been nice if my efforts in creating YSM were cited as inspiration.
Not sure how to do research to see if someone has already come up with the same idea? A quick Google search for “your studio mascot” shows my site at the top of the page. Puhleeze. E’nuf said.
I should also cancel my subscription to Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
UPDATE: Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence…
We had a talk with the publisher of CPS today who was understanding of our concern and he was apologetic regarding the issue of “Your Studio Mascot.” He indicated that this is a phrase his wife has used for quite some time to reference her studio pets and that’s how it got into their magazine. He did acknowledge that my site “Your Studio Mascot” was published and public long before their article came out and he is going to see if there is a way -on a very tight deadline- to reference the site in their upcoming issue or Web site. We appreciate his candor and his sensitivity to this matter and look forward to enjoying Cloth, Paper, Scissors for years to come.
I really do love their publication as it was one of the first crafty magazines that holds my attention and is worthy of subscription.