Artist Protects Copyright Through Twitter

This article explains how one artist found out how much people cared about her when she reported a copyright infringement on twitter. The news spread fast:

THE GUARDIAN, Thursday 11 February 2010 19.17 GMT
Artist sparks Twitter campaign over disputed design

The artist, known as Hidden Eloise, accused Paperchase of copying one of her designs on their products, and when the company ignored her claims, She urged her followers on Twitter, and fellow artists, to bombard the company with emails.

"If you are any bit angry or frustrated with huge ancient vampires sucking the creative juice of indie artists, a simple email sent to them here might save me from having to raise $40,000 for court expenses!" she said.

Thousands of Twitter users picked up on the story and within hours it was one of the top trending topics both in the UK and globally.
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artpaw said...

Wow, what a great article. Yes the power of twitter! I have seen others outed for infringement at Twitter. I happen to adore Paperchase as they were my biggest client when I did greeting cards back in the 90's. They purchase from a lot of small independent artists, and that is a cool thing. It seems to me that the guilty party is the small design firm that directly stole from the artist and the artist should be seeking damages from that company, however I am sure they prefer to go after the deeper pockets. If you go to a flea market and buy a used TV and some how later discover the TV you bought was stolen, are you a thief, or an innocent victim? Thanks for this post ... a very interesting story to watch.

Kate Harper said...

Yes, it's a complex situation for paperchase and a third party involved. Other than that, I'm just happy to know so many artists helped them so fast. If all we had was print media, it might be a one page news story and forgotten.