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Hello Minted community,
I recently joined this community and am looking forward to participating in the challenges. For now I have been getting acquainted by critiquing and rating others designs.
Question - what is the protocol if you find someone who has blatantly ripped off someone elses work? For the current design challenge I found someone's work to be familiar. I knew I had pinned the image on my Pinterest because I liked the color palette. After visiting Pinterest and finding the origin of the image, I learned that in fact it was designed by someone else.
This Minted artist didn't even bother to change the colors of the original. I left a comment and linked to the source where the actual artist is selling the prints.
What do you do in this situation? Is there anyone you can contact at Minted? I really love the idea of this community, and even though I'm new at it - would like to help maintain the integrity of the designs.
Hi Lauren! Welcome to Minted! The best thing to do in this case is to send a note to designers (at) minted (dot) com, and Jen and Katy (who work with the designer community) will take it from there.
Hi and welcome to Minted, Lauren!
I'm glad you asked about this topic, because copying is very serious and we don't want Minted's reputation to be tarnished because of unethical practices. I just happened to spot the design in question, and you are right, that is an exact copy : ( I just sent an e-mail to Jen & Katy so thank you for spotting it! Take care and can't wait to see designs from you soon!
Thanks for your advice. I found a suggestion of how to deal with this in a "Newbie" discussion and sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the design in question and a link to the original.
I appreciate your desire to maintain the integrity of Minted's reputation -- so important to protect designers and artists from this sort of thing.
Thanks again and I'm looking forward to participating in the challenges!!Best,
I don't know what design you're referring to and it sounds like indeed a copy, but you should keep in mind that some designs will look similar just by chance and not intentional copying so it's always a good idea to send the designer a message first privately rather than posting it on the design itself. You could tarnish an innocent design since your comment is public.
Thank you for your advice!
I understand that people are often inspired by similar resources and that it can in fact be a coincidence when two things look alike. The piece in question was an EXACT copy of work that I had seen by another artist. The issue has been resolved now - the minted designer was contacted and the piece was taken down.
I'm sure it was, there are plenty of copycats out there! I just wanted to mention that because there was a gal awhile back who had this happen to her and she was not a copycat.
I understand :) Thanks for the advice!
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