September 23, 2010

Wanna play a little game with me?

It's called 'Degrees of Separation', you may already know the rules.  Here we go...

Item 1, my very first Owl, originally posted June 2007 (both here on the blog and also in my original Flickr photostream)


Item 2, slight change to the design and we have the Owl egg cosy pattern, originally posted June 2008 (both here on the blog and also in my original Flickr photostream)


Item 3, Monsoon Accessorize ditzy Owl keyring.


 You decide!


Edited to add - I posted this, then deleted it while I contacted Monsoon, but have since decided to post it again as I've since purchased one of these keyrings and it's even more similar in real life than it looks in the picture.

25 comments:

Cindy B said...

wow...looks very similar! ( like yours better though)

IdaDown said...

Hmm. Looks very similar.

Kim said...

You need to make a keyring! Yours would be much cuter!

Twiglet said...

Looks like a cheap imitation of your little owl - amazing how close the colours and patterns are matched to yours - I often wonder how closely our art work is scrutinised by others!!!!

BoogaJ said...

Hate when this happens! Why do people think this is okay?

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Have you contacted them? I should.

pennydog said...

Oh my God! Blatant copy- go kick some ass!

Izabela said...

this looks like complete rip off, I can't see even a thing that someone doing this tried to make different way, everything is in the same place and colors and patterns - that is so bad, try to contact them and see what they say :(

trash said...

Uhoh! The people in that shop made a booboo.

Assume you will be contacting their legal department?

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

looks like a copy to me :(

i guess imitation is the highest form of flattery? still very annoying though.

PaisleyJade said...

Wow - totally copied I reckon!!! (love your stuff!!)

Gemma said...

Very similar indeed. I'd definately contact them
xxx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

hhhmmm looks very similar, you should have patented that owl and you could have made a fortune.

Cara said...

Looks FAR too similar to be a mere coincidence - even if it is a keyring and not a stuffed owl or egg cosy. I'd contact them immediately. Best of luck x

WoolenSails said...

I have seen tons of owl patterns out there, but that one sure looks exactly like yours, even the fabric on the front. Sadly it happens to all of us. I had someone buy one of my patterns, then take a design from it and change a few things, then sell it as her own.

Debbie

SewChristine said...

It's a rip off alright! I've heard about Monsoon doing this before. Because they are such a big company they can get away with it. Contact Mumsnet and get them to veto the shop! They'll lose loads of customers. By the way - turned over my sewing calendar yesterday to find your fabric toadstool. Still as cute as ever.

Shell said...

again? so unfair you keep having this happen to you. if things like this keep happening people will very soon stop sharing their amazing original art works and that will be a miserable day for all :(

can't be 100$ sure but weren't Monsoon involved in knocking off a ring design some 18mths back? maybe I am thinking of someone else entirely..

Shell said...

that should have read '100% sure' no $$ intended lol

Ellie said...

Hmm, I'm sure that Julie over at Little Cotton Rabbits had something like that happen to her last year? And I seem to remember she took on Tescos and won!!! Might be worth contacting her? Best of luck! xx

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TwoIfBySea said...

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Not when they're making profit though.

I've seen another similar owl too, made into a cushion I think but he looks the same! I'll try and find and post you a link.

Trend setter for sure. Pity they couldn't use it as inspiration for their own ideas though.

Amanda Pedro said...

mmm, yep, knockoff. makes my stomach in knots.
good luck on this one, whatever you decided to do.

Nita said...

Well, at first I would be very very flattered about seeing 'my' design in a leading chain store, then, I would be well and truly hacked off that I hadn't been given any credit or worth for my design. Very sad. Hope you sort it out with good results.

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Anonymous said...

Your Creative Commons Licence
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/
allows for "commercial use of the work" so isn't the issue one of lack of attribution not the copying.