Copyright controversy: Tatty Devine designs at Claire's Accessories?
Twitter has become the traditional copyright-controversy herald ever since the incident between Paperchase and Hidden Eloise back in February 2010. It seems that big companies can't keep their paws off independent designer's hard work, or that they don't try hard enough to ensure they're getting designs from trustworthy sources.
We've been long admirers of Tatty's kooky bling, and have always kept an eye on them for craft trends. From the evidence it seems others have been doing the same.
The story began with this tweet from @tattydevine at 6.30pm this evening. By 10pm the tweets were flying fast and furious, as Twitters crafty army got hold of the story.
If you'd like to make up your own mind you can see examples of the five pieces side by side over on Tatty Devine's blog post Can you spot the difference?
So far there has been no comment from Claire's on the growing number of tweets and Facebook posts (all of which are appeared to have been removed from their Facebook wall. I can vouch that mine was and I now appear to be banned, despite the fact it was more of an enquiry than an accusation).
Here's hoping the issue is resolved soon. And that the big sellers are more savvy from here on in. And if you're worried about your designs going walkies there are ways to help protect them.
What do you think, Crafty Crafters? Huge crafty co-incidence? Or something more sinister?
[Images via Tatty Devine's blog]