Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Copyright Trauma

My friend Lilian makes mosaics. A couple of years ago someone sent her a link to prints of her work for sale on a website based in China. I heard from her again this week. First, here is an image of one of her mosaics:

Queen Esther Holding Evidence of Haman's Guilt; 8" x 32", Venetian glass, smalti, gold tesserae, gems, gold leaf on wood panel; 2002.

Here is what Lilian sent me:

In Turkey a hi-fashion design house has manufactured blouses with a combination of her mosaics printed on them.

I cannot figure out how to prevent this and neither can I see any benefit in legal action, I am sad to say. The protection of your international copyrights can be an impossible or impossibly expensive task. Thi is a risk we all take and there is little to be done except to remember that imitation is a sincere form of flattery.

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