China Glaze, the US based nail varnish company, have been accused of using the artwork of Abigail Larson without permission. Larson claims that the artwork used to promote China Glaze’s halloween themed range ‘Wicked’ is her artwork for which she did not give authorization. Taking to her Facebook page, Larson stated
‘Hey everyone! I was just alerted that China Glaze has used my artwork on their “Wicked” series product without my permission. I’ve already taken the legal steps to clear it up, but please, please don’t buy this product if you see it in stores! I was not compensated, or even asked if they could mutilate my artwork for their products. It’s really sickening.’
China Glaze have since apologised, claiming that they had hired an outside contract artist to develop what they thought was an original piece of art for the ‘Wicked’ collection. Larson has accepted their apology and is now in negotiations to design products for China Glaze in the future.
Posting grievances on social media websites is fast becoming an effective method of enforcing intellectual property rights for smaller designers that feel their rights have been infringed. Earlier this year, English jewelery design duo Tatty Devine discovered near identical pieces of jewelery to their designs on sale in high street giant, Claire’s Accessories. When Claire’s ignored their complaints, Tatty Devine posted their grievances on their blog. Before long the story had been picked up by mainstream media and was appearing in national newspapers. A week later Claire’s removed the products in question from sale, without admitting infringement of course! We wrote last week about Julie Zerbo, from thefashionlawblog alertin