I didn’t really know how I was going to structure this article, but here goes. The recent products made and launched with a U.S.A. Flag-theme wasn’t for the approaching Fourth of July, or to show patriotic pride, rather a knee-jerk reaction – a retaliation. As an artist, I’ve seen imitation, copying or being “influenced” a lot. And then there’s outright stealing. It wasn’t until I started The Art of Lax™ that I experienced theft upfront and really had to handle such issues.
Theft of intellectual property is highly rampant – it’s also illegal. All I have to do is perform a Google search and it comes up. With social-media, most of the times it’s my loyal customers, fans and friends whom I am very thankful for DM’ing, or texting me what they found in regards to IP theft. And that’s what happened in this case.
It started out with a Facebook DM from one lacrosse teammate and then a lacrosse parent, who spotted another thing from a possible “scam-business” online. My initial reaction was “here we go again.”
A little search into it…
Since they were posting on FB, I wanted to shame them in public, but that was going to be too much heated emotion and energy. Instead, I DM’ed them and went on the offensive with some cold calls and pretended to be a customer. I eventually surprised them by telling who I was and how my artwork was being illegally sold. Knowing that they are scam business I threatened them with legal action, but then decided to fight them in a different way – creatively.
If you know you can do things better, then do it BETTER. It was my turn to do this…
A cleaner, more refined version. Add some variety with different positions on the lacrosse field and the women, too.
Aside from framed or matted reproduction prints, there were more options from my manufacturing partners in stretched canvas and temporary wall decals for each image. If you wanted to make the art more of your everyday, which is one of the constant goals of The Art of Lax™, there were also these, below.
After cramming in this personal project along with current deadlines, I didn’t realize that Flag Day was June 14th. And that date was the perfect launch for these products. So, I guess there was a reason for this all?
I said in the beginning that IP theft is rampant, and this won’t be the end for sure. Where there’s something good offered, people will honestly buy or just flat out steal. All in all, this was a good and personal challenge to put out a certain type of product in a LEGIT manner.
In the end of all this, I guess if you’re going to do things BETTER, do it DIFFERENTLY. And if it doesn’t belong to you, do it with PERMISSION.
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