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On March 9, 2016 at 5:02 PM, philcar1994 said:

Hey guys, just wanted everyones input.

 

Recently I was scrolling through twitter and came across a design from a local sports apparel manufacturer in London, a previous employer of mine actually. They had made an anniversary logo for a Men's baseball league in the city that contains a skyline of London. I work for our local Junior B hockey team, the London Nationals. I designed our 2016 playoff shirt with a skyline of London along the top. The company that prints our shirts is actually Source For Sports. I had noticed they had taken part of the skyline i designed and slapped it onto the baseball logo.

 

The unfortunate part was that Source For Sports needed the .AI file sent to them, so they just copied the vector design and used it for their own use. 

 

I have attached the 2 designs. Mine is on the left, theirs is on the right. 

 

What does everyone think of this? Would I have a case here?

 

 

STOLEN-01.jpg

 

I should certainly think so. 

 

Unfortunately, the Toronto Maple Leafs may themselves have a case against you, or the team, or whoever started using that white leaf logo first.

 

Personally, I'd take you to court over that apostrophe catastrophe. ;)

 

But yes, that's clearly lifted.  You might well consult a lawyer, see if there's anything to be done. 

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Yeesh, how hard would it have been to create their own skyline, it's not like those are complicated shapes.  As for the lifting, it is certainly blatant enough to warrant a case.

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On March 11, 2016 at 10:33 PM, Gothamite said:

 

I should certainly think so. 

 

Unfortunately, the Toronto Maple Leafs may themselves have a case against you, or the team, or whoever started using that white leaf logo first.

 

Personally, I'd take you to court over that apostrophe catastrophe. ;)

 

But yes, that's clearly lifted.  You might well consult a lawyer, see if there's anything to be done. 

 

The team formed back in 1950 and was an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, back when NHL clubs sponsored Junior A teams. Thats why the team uses the Maple Leafs logo. Im not too sure what permissions we have, I haven't been told.

 

I am building my case and covering all of my work as much as possible, then I am going to take action. 

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http://sportssquatch.com

 

A lot of these designs are stolen. Some I noticed right away as Geeky Jersey designs. Others I've seen are a lot of those NFL logos reimagined as Star Wars designs and such. I asked Geeky Jerseys (as well as Dave's Geeky Hockey on twitter), and was told they are trying to sort it out. 

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Ha, I tweeted at Sports Squatch not to follow me because their designs are stolen. That is how I heard about this guy. He randomly followed me on Twitter. He immediately blocked me lol. 

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18 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

It states the following on the same page (now the truth of it could be a different story:

 

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This jersey is officially licensed by John Buccigross and the Buccigross Overtime Challenge. All designs and images are property of Sports Squatch.

 

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A pretty big indy wrestling company in Toronto dropped this poorly-rendered logo a few weeks back:

 

https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13226758_639834846168071_4271974866623975446_n.jpg?oh=173225e1dba02453abcf865f273f9997&oe=5807D98E

 

After a little searching, I turned up this... at least they kept it local?

 

2016-NBA-All-Star-Game-Logo-big.png

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There's a page for notifying them of copyright violation (that I assume goes directly to trash)

 

Everything on there is a copyright violation.

 

Edit: the reporting page doesn't work, lol.

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Not to offend the original creators of those concepts, but...  who would buy them?  I mean, the artwork is solid, but I just don't see a big market for printing and framing some random graphic designer's idea of a sports team concept.  Setting aside my design inclinations for a moment, as purely a sports fan I would rather buy a poster of my favorite player (see: photograph) or maybe something that showed the history of my team's uniforms.

 

These guys all seem like some 6th grader who figured out how to open a simple eStore (all the websites are cookie cutter) and they just post random Google Image results that apparently, people will pay $5 for.  If you're that hard up for a printed image of a concept, why not just download it and head to the UPS Store yourself?

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15 minutes ago, pianoknight said:

Not to offend the original creators of those concepts, but...  who would buy them?  I mean, the artwork is solid, but I just don't see a big market for printing and framing some random graphic designer's idea of a sports team concept.  Setting aside my design inclinations for a moment, as purely a sports fan I would rather buy a poster of my favorite player (see: photograph) or maybe something that showed the history of my team's uniforms.

 

These guys all seem like some 6th grader who figured out how to open a simple eStore (all the websites are cookie cutter) and they just post random Google Image results that apparently, people will pay $5 for.  If you're that hard up for a printed image of a concept, why not just download it and head to the UPS Store yourself?

 

Agreed. Chances are that most everything "available" on that site for purchase has never once been purchased.

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20 hours ago, Darth Brooks said:

There's a page for notifying them of copyright violation (that I assume goes directly to trash)

 

Everything on there is a copyright violation.

 

Edit: the reporting page doesn't work, lol.

Didn't try to report anything, but the page worked for me. For the lolz.

 

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WallPart Respect the copyright of others. 
This means we don't steal photos or images that other people share as own. 
We don't have a base of images, and don't host or store images on the our servers. 
Only Wallpart.com helps users to find images that interest for them, the site uses data of the most known third-party search engines. 
The process of the search goes on an user's browser. 
Users make search queries by themself, all content displayed in a window of the browser is received from third-party search engines. 
Displayed images are loaded from third-party servers, and they aren't hosted on our site. 
When the user make the order, we get the image from the user, he is responsibility for use. 
Wallpart.com doesn't bear responsibility for the images received from users.

 

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i just typed ZionEagle user name into that and there selling his work to

 

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Terms of Service

WallPart Respect the copyright of others. 
This means we don't steal photos or images that other people have shared and pass them off as your own. 
We have no base of images, and doesn't host and store the image on servers. 
Wallpart.com only helps the user to find the images interesting him, the site uses data of the most known third-party search engines.
Process of search happens at user's browser.
The user himself makes search queries, all content displayed in a window of the browser is received from third-party search engines. 
The displayed images are loaded from third-party servers, and aren't host on the site hosting.
When the user make the order, we get the image from the user, he is responsibility for use.
Wallpart.com doesn't bear responsibility for the images received from users.

 

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1 hour ago, JPDesign said:

LMAO. This is my favorite stolen concept:

 

http://wallpart.com/poster/jpdesign-428-184189567610

 

A quick mockup image that I did to show off a template technique.

Disagree...

 

http://wallpart.com/poster/creamer-s-sports-logos-community-ccslc-sportslogosnet-forums-413780372035

 

I mean, we had to see this coming, someone stealing the pandas, right?

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What is this Wallpart site, anyway? Seems like they're selling stolen work to people who mistyped Walmart. 

 

Grandma, allowed online: "Let's see. Johnny wanted a poster of this Mark Shawn Lynch. Hmmm, maybe they'll have one at the Wallsmart. Oh look, they has one of those websites. Okay, found a picture of a pastel soccer uniform. Wow, those are pretty colors. I'm sure Johnny will like this... Aren't soccer and football the same thing? Maybe they have one for his Nintenda."

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