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Kiteleys Solicitors. 7 St. Stephen's Court, 15-17 St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 6LA. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.

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13th April 2012

Big Brands Copying Designs

 

It can be difficult to get your head round copyrighting and ownership of registered and unregistered design rights, and in the digital world, it is becoming forever easier for companies to rip of others’ designs. Millions of pictures and designs are posted online every day on blogs, websites and social media sites, and some large brands have been caught out copying images and using them as their own.

Fashion student Nicola Kirkbride was shocked to find that a photo of herself that had been posted on her blog had been printed on a yellow jumper stocked in Tesco. As she had not been asked or informed of the use of her image, she decided to fight back, and wants compensation from Tesco for using her photo.  When Nicola contacted Tesco they reportedly said they had no idea how the mistake happened, but they are apparently looking into it.

 

 

H&M has also been accused of plagiarism after copying artist Tori LaConsay, who painted ‘You Look Nice Today’ with a little red heart on a community billboard in Georgia to compliment her neighbours. The artist later found that an almost identical design had been used by H&M in their UK homeware collection. When Tori contacted H&M regarding her work being copied, immediately everything was denied. Since a social media backlash, the company has contradicted their original reply, saying that the design was not copied but influenced by her work.

 

There can sometimes be a fine line between infringement and influence, so if you need any advice regarding a possible breach of copyright or design rights, it’s best to get in contact with a solicitor.

At Kiteleys, we would be happy to offer you advice about protecting your designs or intellectual property offline and online, so get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can help you.

 

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Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, SRA ID 401309. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.