After numerous logo designs by Jeff Fisher LogoMotives were 'appropriated,' and offered for sale, by the site LogoGarden.com, I began to make use of Google reverse image search to research possible misuse of other identities created for business, organization and event clients. The following have been my findings:
I learned of the infringement via a personal email from a designer in Denmark, and a tweet with the page link from another design professional, and a direct message from a designer in South Africa via Twitter. All immediately recognized the C.A.T. logo design as my original creation.
D & L Web Design for a response. On 10.11.12 D and L Web Design finally contacted me, asking for a "small period of grace (7 days)" to address the situation. The managing director of the firm explained they had been "massively misled, perhaps conned" by the graphic designer contracted to create the logo. Logo still appearing on Alicatz, and D and L, site as of 12.14.11.
The frustrated site owner sent me an unpleasant email in late December, saying he was to meet with design firm to correct the situation. As of 03.15.12 logo still appears on site of Ali-Catz and web design firm's "About" page.
Second response: "All logos that have a copyright have the little "c" on them. This does not. How do I know it is yours and you didn't see it on my website and claim it for yourself?"
Soon afterwards it was removed from the site.
Theatre Logos Agency - with the copyright watermark in place. DMCA filed with Facebook on 11.15.11. The image was removed by Facebook on 11.16.11.
Theatre Logos Agency with the copyright watermark in place, to use as illustration for a review of the movie. DMCA filed with Yahoo Maktoob on 11.17.11.
- Dog City, a dog school in Germany, is using the primary element from
my original 1997 design for Sunriver Prep as their logo graphic. My logo
for the school, located outside of Bend, OR, is made up of a river
element forming the letterform "S," a representation of the wolf mascot
of the facility, and a graphic treatment of the nearby peaks Broken Top,
Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters Mountains. (My type treatment was based on Papyrus at the
request of the client - I removed some of the "bumps" in the
letterforms.) An email was sent to the company on 08.15.12 and has been ignored by the company.
"It sounds like quite a problem with artwork being copied, and I will be much more vigilant in future when purchasing such things – some of the offers looked too good to be true, and I can see why now."
LogoGarden situation of 2011 is revisited a bit by way of the Whoosh! Interactive website. The old homepage of LogoGarden is displayed in the Whoosh! website portfolio - with my ripped-off TraveLady logo design front and center. It was one of nearly 20 Jeff Fisher LogoMotives designs infringed upon by LogoGarden. Whoosh! was acquired by LogoGarden in 2011. A DMCA removal request was sent to Whoosh! on 03.20.12. Initially, I received a really nasty email from the company - and then the image was removed as of that afternoon.
I also have a few previous examples in my archives:
02.11 - There are numerous companies around the world, providing a number of different services, with variations on the name 'LogoMotives." Although different in design, the horizontal image was more than inspired by my own identity - which I've used since 1997. I emailed the business in question and the logo was quickly removed, only to be replaced by the second image. At that point I consulted a lawyer and emailed the business in question that I was doing so. That second image soon disappeared as well.
Additional online searches at the time, found two examples of my Seacoast logo design being displayed in online designer portfolios in China. Emails to the ISPs of the sites resulted in one image being removed and one portfolio being taken down.
Friend and client, Ron Pitt informed me that his dear friend Ashley, whom he had known since birth as he was a longtime friend of her mother, had assisted him over the years with events and was an "expert balloon inflater." This past year, Ashley and her husband, Travis, had the opportunity to travel through East Africa with her parents. Being community-minded, they spent much of their time in small villages getting to know people, creating relationships and making new friends along the way.
The photos Ashley shared showcased one of the families they befriended. Ashley was the first to notice that one of the boys was wearing shorts with my logo design for Ron's business, Balloons on Broadway.
Unfortunately no one is able to adequately explain how the Balloons on Broadway logo ended up embroidered on the leg of a boy's shorts on a continent far away. As Ron noted, "We've never embroidered shorts, nor done much marketing in East Africa (*wink*). In fact we only had one screen run of 12 t-shirts with that logo and they all ended up on the back of our staff. That's it."
"The only way I can rationalize it is that the logo appeared in a publication of some sort in the UK (perhaps one of those listed above) and since Kenya's part of the Commonwealth, the publication ended up there and was spotted by someone who thought it would be a good knock-off," he added. "The boy's mother said she bought the shorts at the local market and couldn't quite understand what all the fuss was about - the kid just needed some shorts."
The search for other examples continues...
• UCDA "Designer" features "Logo Rip-off" article
• Google's reverse image search: Indies Restaurant
• Google's reverse image search: A designer's best friend in finding and fighting unauthorized usage
• LogoGarden.com harvests pros' logos - including Jeff Fisher designs - and sells images on site
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