So I hate to do this (partially, not really, a little, I’m not sure!) but, ITS BUGGING ME!
Yesterday I was browsing online looking at random amigurumi pies (some are really cute!) And I stumbled first upon my My Little Pony Pinkie Pie plush, and directly below it was a very similar Pinkie Pie plush….out of curiosity I went to the website and found a shop that has some interesting looking Pony Plushies:
Okay, mmhmm, yea, so, they look exactly like mine…..gaaah! >.<
They even sell for the same price, are the same size, the felt Cutie Marks are even the same.
I don’t know to be pleasantly surprised or annoyed or what. I told some of my friends and they think I should confront the shop owner about this. But I don’t know, I don’t really like confrontation.
I know in the craft world this kind of thing happens quite a lot. I remember reading someone’s blog where she actually went to a craft fair and saw her work and logo copied! I have had people on Deviant Art approach me and ask if they could use my design as inspiration for other mediums like polymer clay and felt plush animals, which I was very happy about and they give me credit in on their sites, majority of the time they weren’t selling them either.
Maybe I’m being stingy or a hypocrite. I did make Hello Kitty gloves from looking at a picture. But I wouldn’t have the nerve to sell them, and I gave credit and notify/asked the creator. Same with the Dragonite hoop art. BUT, does that still make it okay? There is such a fine line between preserving our own designs, when does it go to far to use other’s work for inspiration, do we have the right to sell those works? If I want to get SUPER technical, do I have the right to sell My Little Pony plushies that are part of a trade marked company? Although I added disclaimers to their descriptions that I only own the designs not the characters?
x_x ack. Too much.
Ah. I feel better. #end rant
I probably won’t approach the shop owner. I don’t want to be rude and in the end, I doubt they’d remove their items anyway, or if I’d even be mean enough to ask them to. Plus it’s not another shop on Etsy so…I guess I have to let it go. I mean, its somewhat flattering that I could inspire another, but somewhat irritating because of all the above I just ranted about lol.
Any advice? Has this happened to anyone else? I’d love to know how you handled this and your feelings. Please, if my feelings are wrong and I’m being a snob I’d like to know xD I can take criticism, I prefer it to broaden my viewpoints.
Thanks for reading this rant, off to British Lit class to watch an episode of Dr. Who!
❤ A rantless Millie.
***UPDATE: So, I gave in and sent a message -_-
I called my mom about it and she said I should be proud of my work, especially since I take it seriously and wouldn’t do that to anyone else. She thinks I should put the shop owner on blast and warn “THIS SHOP STEALS DESIGNS!!!”-but I don’t think I’ll go that far. I sent a polite message to the shop owner, and going to leave it at that. I decided to look at it like I hope me confronting them about it will discourage any future attempts to copy other’s works. If they continue what if they run into a person who is super furious about it and causes a huge fuss? That’d be a mess. I hope they take my message as I’m not being mean, just concerned and acknowledging that I noticed the heavy similarity. And that’s that, the end!
Adios for real 🙂