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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Taking a stand ...

Being an artist is an interesting occupation. One toils away putting their heart and soul into their work and offers it up to the public hoping for acceptance and sales.  But inevitably when the sales increase and a faithful following materializes it seems that “copiers” are inevitable.

So what does one do? It’s the point where the “fun” meets the reality of “the job.”
 Well, as I sat around this spring and summer waiting for my wrist to heal and hoping to finally return to the studio, I learned of yet another someone copying my work.  When I heard from an eye witness that this particular offender was proudly announcing to those that were snatching up her work that it was her very own creation … I grew angry.  Perhaps it was the boredom and depression but this discovery in addition to yet another someone attempting to copy my work, it really started to get under my skin.  I sat around unable to work and someone was making money off of my creativity.  Adding insult to injury one was a customer who had even been in my studio and another was someone who had invited me to be a part of her shows.
 It was time to take a stand.  In no uncertain terms I let it be known in a certified letter that I would pursue defending my copyrights legally if necessary if their doings continued. It’s the professional side of what we do. It’s sometimes a hard balance between personal and business.  I felt the need to defend my work and will continue to do so.  It’s a hit to the gut personally, but when it comes to taking a hit to the wallet I get even more defensive. This wasn’t the first time I have had to deal with this, and I'm sure it won’t be the last. It is not the most fun part of being a professional artist, but sometimes it is just what has to be done.


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