I would thank them for their interest and state an amount that you would be happy to accept for the use of your design. Good luck with however you chose to play this one out!
the more I think about it.. I wonder if the Pres. of the company knows this is the attitude of his people.. and how they treat artists... I would write a nice letter but address it to him. Telling him how long you have worked on your techniques, how difficult it is to run a small business, hours etc.. And say how shocked you are by the attitude of the company.. give him a price, etc, what ever you want to say... but he should know as he is "supposed" to command a large company, and you are a single artist. etc.
good luck, looking forward to hearing what you decide. grrrr.
Artists/Designers deserve fair compensation for years of education, experiments & development of their work. They put their heart & soul into a
unique vision and this is called
'intellectual property'. This is their business & life, which means it deserves RESPECT from the very industry that needs these ideas to make a profit! It's good business sense to justly compensate your talented workers. Memorable, elegant design is rare & priceless! Knock offs are a 'dime a dozen' & reveals there is no soul in this corporation.
I would say permission is conditional upon payment of a licencing fee or royalty percentage; they shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. Good luck! ????
I saw this on a knitting forum. The woman who posted it didn't know the attribution, but it struck me so that I wrote it down.
"When you buy something from an artist you're buying more than an object. You're buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You're buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You're not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul ... a small piece of someone else's life." You might just send this quote to him along with a price. $1000 seems reasonable.
I would be asking for $1,000 for the use of your design. Dont these people realise that the thought process and experimental aspect of a design can take many hours. It is called IP, (Intellectual Property).
Shame on Joel - arrogance is so unattractive!!
Maybe intact Frank Sommerville on FB. He is a reporter and his FB stories go viral. Give Hanes a run for their money and bring awareness to the artist's plight!!
I agree, ask for payment, even if only a small amount ($500.) You may not get it, but who knows, and that way you win. Glad you published this.
I would let them know you would be "honored" for the price of ... remind them that they will have to pay the technician to alter the design anyway, might as well have the original.
So sad to hear, but I guess all to common.
what I would like to say, probably can not be printed here.. But agree, ask for financial compensation. Maybe you could nicely say you would be happy to advertise about the story of how you made your designs and the process, this would be a cool story to their sales of the product.. who know worth the advertising for both of you..
Or if they lift your design I would then put the product on your net with the story, or maybe a newspaper would love a human interest story about the hard working artists trying to make ends meet and the big bad commercial production of their product. After the fact of course , keep your correspondence.. and find someone that would love to print this story.
It takes guts, and the amount would probably only be what they spend for their dinner in N.Y. maybe contact the owner... I believe in going to the top...
Please let us know what happens. v
I'm primarily a writer. I had an issue with a publisher who reissued one of my books after the contract agreements had expired. I wished to be compensated. Legal fees have long since risen over what I might have earned from an 8% royalty and they are willing to fight me forever.
Try nice, hopefully, you will fare better than I did. Big Money did not get big by being nice.
I have had a design published after the piece went to a big quilt show in California so I know how annoying and frustrating this can be. Ask for some compensation and if they say know you will have thrown the ball back to them. The gain is yours and I may not buy any more of their products. Best of luck!
I enjoy reading your emails. Thanks!
I agree with the others here. Give them a price. Who knows, maybe they will pay? If not, then at least they know that they are ripping off your design and also it gives them more work to get it far enough away from your original creation.
A more detailed and nicely worded response with some of the ideas in your post would seem appropriate... A little education couldn't hurt. Probably some young republican working for Hanes... I got mine, you get yours philosophy...may fall on deaf ears But staying quiet doesn't get anyone anywhere.
I agree with Toni in that I would respond with a $ amount...."Thank you for your interest in my design. The price for the use of this original design is...The price includes (whatever conditions you want to set)
Please let us know the outcome as it will influence my decision to buy Hanes products in the future.
Since this is my original design, I will give permission to use it only if you pay me $------- .