October 23, 2007.
"Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?"
"Yes, I do."
"Let the records show what the defendant has brought a large piece of artwork into the court room. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Exhibit 1 (psst..look right below, to your left sort of)."
"Will the jury please take a long hard look at this piece of artwork to my left? Do you see the craftsmanship? Do you see the original style? If you would please recognize this as an original piece of artwork created by Shelly Kennedy of Drooz studio"
I would like the record to show that this (over there look to your right now, look at it) is copying with a capital "C". Your honor, this second piece of artwork is uh....oh hell would you LOOK at it! Need I really rest my case?"
<Gasps from the people sitting in the court room, mass pandamonium, yelling, screaming, crying babies>
"Order in the court! Order in the court !(banging gavel, of course) ORDER!! Calm down, or I will find you all in contempt, (or whatever they yell)!"
Anyone that did not, or does not know what I mean by copying, this is EXACTLY what I mean by copying. This blatant duplication of another's piece of artwork. I know I am starting to sound like a broken record , I just thought a little visual would help everyone! There are many us of that work in the children's industry, there are many creative writers, entrepreneurs, artists, designers in many industries- I have had the good pleasure of meeting some of you (some I just read about, like the rest of us). I believe you are all very creative, I just think we should all try and stay original.
Just for the record (so, I do not get mean emails after the fact) I would like to state the obvious (since I am under oath and all):
- I did NOT Create ceramic tile
- I did NOT Create porcelain ornaments
- I did NOT Create ceramic frames
- I did NOT Create ceramic plates
- I did NOT Create ceramic coasters
- I did NOT Create door hangers
- I was NOT the first artist to put art on tile
- I am NOT the first Mompreneur
- I am NOT the only mom blogger on the Internet (wink, wink, you know what I mean)
- I am NOT the only "mother" out there raising a family while running a small business
I have been accused of many things my friends - but I am not going to say I was the first or will I be the last to do what I do. I will try my damnedest (is that a word) to be the best at what I do. I will not try and hide behind other people's talent. Most importantly, I will go to bed at night with a clear conscience - knowing I made thebest product and I did not copy anyone (please if you could signal the angels singing, or the national anthem or some self righteous sounding music)
I am very curious if anyone does not see the......exact duplication and total disregard for Ms. Kennedy's copyright? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Please send me some comments....
Okay, I am off my soap box.....Carry on with your business....nothing left to see here people, go on about your day.