Monday, May 9, 2016

One Thing: Copycats

What is the One Thing you can do about the complicated issue of copycats?  Excel.

It sounds too simple and not instantly satisfying, but as creatives and makers, this is how you can combat that awful situation of someone who is taking the easy route with your design or pattern or idea.

There are times when you will need to confront someone who is copying what you make with a phone call, email, face to face, or even in the form of a Cease and Desist letter.  Rely on your instincts and your trusted community to help you decide the best way to handle your specific situation.

In the end, remember that what you are making is good enough for someone to try and duplicate it. Rely on your community, stay positive and excel.

Cyn Thomas is the illustrator, designer and pattern maker of RiverDog Prints. Her paper goods and gifts are guided by earth, animals, function, food and cocktails. You can also find Cyn canning in her kitchen, walking her dog, being outnumbered by her boys and husband or reading herself to sleep.
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