Recently Loritza Castillo of Alienphant, an Orlando designer messaged us for help, when she found photos of her design taken directly from her Etsy Store (with her logo photoshopped out) being resold on Facebook, with no reference to her as the designer.
Punk Aesthetic, a Facebook Page out of California, uploaded Alienphant’s Etsy photos with a link to purchase, on their Vietnam website (lisianstore.com), selling her design, as their own. Alienphant was not mentioned as the original designer on the Facebook page or Vietnam website. They didn’t change the name of the item, knock it off, take new photos and were selling it for less money.
WHAT TO DO
Loritza immediately shared the post on Facebook and many friends and supporters started commenting on Punk Aesthetic’s photo of her beanie, saying it belonged to Alienphant.
Multiple people reported the photo to Facebook under the “scam” and stolen “intellectual property” category. (as of this morning Facebook had responded to my own reports and still hadn’t removed it)
The designer messaged the Facebook page and website to immediately remove the content or they’d be hearing from her attorney.
This instance was a blatant scam. We believe the company had no intention of ever filling the order and were taking people’s money to later blame COVID-19 for delays. They didn’t even try to knock it off or make their own version of it.
The Vietnam website removed the link to buy this item, but its still being shown for sale on Facebook when this article was written.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
There are many circumstances in Fashion Design with knock offs and copies that have different ways of handling things.
You CAN legally “copy” any design as long as you change enough details. Changing fabric, notions, materials, colors and stitching details, to make it your own design inspired by, but different than the original, is legal.
If others are being inspired to recreate your designs, don’t get mad, be flattered, because you’re a creator and you have more ideas! When Fashion Designs aren’t any good, no one cares and they aren’t worth “stealing”.
Be a trend setter and let the copy cats be the evidence of your success!
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Gina Vincenza Van Epps
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