Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Artist Being Sued to Overturn Copyright

"Imitator Sues Me to Overturn Copyrights: Please Help Defend My Art"


John T. Unger is currently being sued by an individual whom is selling knockoffs of his original art. This individual wants to continue selling the pirated art and is now suing John in order to have the copyrights overturned. If this happens, I believe it could affect all artists, please help spread the word and donate to his case if you can.

"I need your help. My original art has been copied by a manufacturer who is now suing me in federal court to overturn my existing copyrights and continue making knockoffs. I have a strong case, a great lawyer and believe that if I can continue to defend myself, the case will be resolved in my favor. If I run out of funds before we reach trial, a default judgment would be issued against me and could put me out of business. I don't believe my opponent can win this case in court and I don't believe he really intends to try. I believe his goal is to use strong-arm litigation tactics to force me to keep spending money or risk losing my copyrights — not by true adjudication, but by default if he is able to outspend me."

Go to http://www.johntunger.com/legal-defense-fund.html#2 for all of the details of this case.

3PD Christmas Ribbon Beaded Cuff

This is the latest project I completed and was inspired by the holiday ribbon we used on our Christmas tree last year. It is a beaded cuff using 2-drop Peyote stitch. This is only the second time I have used the 2-drop technique and at first I wasn't sure I was going to like it. It was a bit tough to bead up as the pattern kept changing and I really had to pay attention... not watch t.v. and bead at the same time like I usually do. Now I am working on another original 3 Peeps Design with shades of pink and slate grey and it is going a lot faster.... This 2-drop Peyote has really grown on me. I haven't decided if I am going to list this pattern online for sale, what do you think? I am going to list the cuff for sale once we get to Arkansas.

Well, the movers are here and packing up our stuff. So far it is only a two person crew sent in to pack up the things that I haven't packed up in the past 6 months... mainly clothes and frames and Jay's bar collection of glasses and liquor. We are living out of my master bedroom closet and bathroom for the time being. Hopefully we will be on our way to Arkansas by Thursday, it all depends on how long they take to pack and then load. Our belongings will be in storage while we get to know the new area and find our next house. Thankfully my parents are taking care of the kids and dogs, although my son will be here for the loading of the truck. I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and positive thoughts over the last several months. It was a long ordeal and I think we really did a good job with staying positive and proactive, not wallowing in the self-pity. We have had two offers on the house, finally, and hope to have things hammered out and accepted within the next week! My fingers and toes are still crossed for a good ending to this chapter of our lives!