Do I need to find a copyright lawyer, or am I overreacting?
May 3, 2014 11:42 AM Subscribe
I did an illustration/painting a number of years ago, and have been meaning to further develop it, but never got around to it. Today a friend messaged me to point out a publication which is uncannily similar to my concept. I am...not sure if I am needing to pursue this, or if I am just overreacting and "feeling" like my idea was stolen.
posted by polywomp to Law & Government (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I posted this image on my portfolio, and some other websites and discussed with some friends and acquaintances my idea in more detail. The publication and company I was made aware of today are not anything I have ever heard of before, and no one I know is affiliated. The idea is very specific, or it seems so to me, so if this company came up with it independently, that'd be possible I guess, but not something I'd have really expected.
I am not sure I should post the specifics publicly, but if you'd like to memail me I'll provide details/images.
I don't know whether I should contact a lawyer or just chalk this up to coincidence and let it go. I don't want to start trying to consult with a lawyer unless it's actually suggested that I do so, because:
1) I could be overreacting maybe, and I don't even know if this kind of thing is actionable anyway
2) I imagine even consulting with a lawyer costs money, but I actually have no idea, and I am actually broke at the moment so I'd have to borrow the money from my fiance or family.
3) I'm a pushover
Lastly, assuming I am correct, any recommendation sin the Atlanta area?