Fighting Design Theft: What to Know

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By now, I hope most of you have read about the firm Cody Foster and Co, and its latest episode in what appears to be an ongoing pattern of appropriating the work of artists and designers. Lisa Congdon, the latest artist to find herself in a string of similar incidents, has eloquently stated her case on her blog. West Elm, who had purchased some items from the company (not the ones pictured), has, in solidarity with the artists the company supports, pulled all Cody Foster products from its stores and websites. Fab has done the same.

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[image from West Elm]

Congdon is in the process of taking legal action against Cody Foster and Co, but as an independent artist, it will not be easy. For more information, including the estimated legal costs involved in fighting design theft, visit Fast Company.

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