Artwork design stolen yet not trademarked.
April 16, 2009 12:30 PM Subscribe
Somebody stole and is reproducing artwork that I never copyrighted or trademarked. What can I do? Details inside...
posted by maalsa to media & arts (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I created a design based on the famous "I <3 NY" design for the local community I live in. I believe it's far enough from the original in that the font used is completely different, the "<3" is turned upside down and made into a paw, and the words are spelled out as opposed to abbreviated.
Anyhow, I created stickers and t-shirts and started selling them in some of the local shops last April. Come October, I find another shop completely ripped off MY design, look for look, and is doing the same thing.
Unfortunately I did not trademark or copyright the design, and when I confronted this other shop owner, they said that THEY had trademarked the design. Now I have no idea if they actually have or not, but still...
Do I have any legal recourse in this?