Stop! Thief!

Someone stole The Prom logo.  Again.

See for yourself.  Here’s mine.  Here’s theirs.  Amazing, isn’t it?

It always makes me laugh when people blatantly rip things off.  And, believe it or not, this is the third time that it has happened.  Imagine if someone stole your car . . . three times.

I used to get mad.  Really mad.  So mad I’d actually pay my attorney $1,000 to write a C&D every time it happened (that’s another form of robbery, but we won’t get into that . . . yet).

I don’t get mad anymore.  Because I realized something . . .

There are two kinds of people in the producing world, whether you are producing theater or thermostats:  Creators . . . and Copiers.

And the people who copy aren’t usually malicious.  They’re just lazy.  And that’s just sad.

So what am I going to do about the logo thief?  I’ll call tomorrow morning myself and introduce myself and ask them to remove it.  They will.

Because they’re not stupid.  Just lazy.

Unfortunately, as long as there are Creators, there will be Copiers.  You’ll have them too.

Just do yourself a favor.  Protect and defend yourself, yes, but don’t waste too much time (or money) on them, when you can be spending that same time (and money) creating.

Keep creating and The Copiers will never catch you.

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I’ll give you the update on what happens when I call in the next post.  Maybe they’ll hang up on me!

  • Liz Hines says:

    Hi Ken. Unfortunately you DO have to defend yourself against copyright infringers (I assume you have a copyright on that logo?). Failure to do so constitutes implicit grant of usage. And, unfortunately, once you grant the infringer usage once at no charge, they can use it to their heart’s content in multiple contexts and arrangements. Further, since you have publicly acknowledged their usage, you cannot claim in the future that you were unaware of their infringement. For instance, if this same group starts printing t-shirts and selling them outside your theatre and you want to shut them down, you’ll find yourself with a more difficult case for your attorney to argue.
    My suggestion to you would be a well-worded letter or email (written by you and not an attorney) to make them aware that they are infringing on your property.
    This is a hot-button issue currently, especially in the blogosphere & online, where many bloggers & website owners use photographs on their blogs & sites, completely unaware that they are violating the law. I recently assisted one of my clients in getting one of her photographs off of someone’s blog. While as an artist you want your work to get out there and be seen by the public (marketing yourself!), as a business person you need to protect your work from unauthorized usage. It can be especially hard when the infringer is a non-profit or a political action group that is using your work to further a worthwhile cause – especially one you believe in! It’s a hard moral choice.
    Now, I must qualify my opinion by disclosing I am not an attorney, but rather an accountant who handles a multitude of questions on such topics from a myriad of arts-related clients. This is my understanding of the law and does not constitute legal advice.

  • Joseph Millett says:

    Get, ’em, Ken!

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