Personal View of Artists
You've established a career as a sculptor, found a distinctive way to express your creativity. It's taken years of struggling, putting yourself, your family and financial security on the line, not to mention subjecting your deepest thoughts for the public critics to size up or tear down. But you rise above and move beyond all that, settling into a steady stream of creativity. You have loyal clientele, committed galleries world wide promoting your work and bottom line, you have integrity.
One day you find one of your original sculpture designs being duplicated in very poor quality and offered for less than we pay our foundries. You find yourself in a quandary of taking this as the ultimate compliment or a blatant insult. Time goes by and you continue to discover numerous other attempts on your designs. Clients are noticing these duplications on the market, your galleries are hearing clients say they already own a certain piece of yours and purchased it at a greatly reduced investment, heck, your local gardening shop is selling your wares and your images are everywhere on the web. Rumours are spreading that these pieces are being cast at foundries overseas for a minimal price, and how could that be stopped.
You are forced to decide between fighting for the integrity of your creations and ignoring the infringement altogether. You may question copyright protection; how it works, when does it take effect, is it too late for me to file my designs, etc.
These mimics of our designs must be stopped. Entire portfolios of some artist's life-size sculptures are being manufactured in Thailand foundries, and sold in the USA, Canada, and Europe.
There is a need to shut these imports down, and ultimately the foundries producing them. They feel as though they are untouchable.
You are not alone in your fight and frustration. There are many other artists with the same question and consternation. Success against these companies has been had through the perseverance of artists willing to say no to these imposers and get a lawyer to approach these companies.
It is disheartening for us artists, to put all our soul, heart, mind into creating our ART and other people take advantage from our imagination without even communicating to us. Nobody takes even into consideration who the artists of these sculptures are. It is a threat of our livelihood and for our survival as artists and consequently for our art.
Copies cheapen creativity, cheapen ART, they are putting our credibility and integrity into question.