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Did PIP Printing copy my catalog?!?!

Discussion in 'Sales, Marketing, Pricing Etc.' started by thinksigns, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. thinksigns

    thinksigns SnowFlake

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    The first attachment is a screenshot of their website. The second is the material description headers from my 2007 catalog. Note the Checklist (with words in the same order) and standard and special order colors.

    On a side note, my sister worked for them many years ago. Not in 2007.

    I started the day creating the post "Honey, call the lawyer." - now I may need to.

    What do you guys think?
     

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  2. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    wow... it's almost as if you are both in the same industry.. an uncanny similarity to both be listing sign materials and colors on unrelated marketing pieces... unless of course you are both in the sign industry...
     
  3. wildside

    wildside Very Active Member

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    i dont see the complaint either i guess. Looks completely different to me.
     
  4. signcrafters london

    signcrafters london Very Active Member

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    Let's assume they did copy your substrate descriptions. What are your damages? I can't think of any.
     
  5. thinksigns

    thinksigns SnowFlake

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    I'm not saying they copied the look. I'm saying they got a copy of my catalog and took the descriptions, check list, standard colors and special order colors and put it on their website. They decided what colors would be standard and what are special order and it just happened to be the ones I chose? Their check list has the same items in the same order as mine?
     
  6. thinksigns

    thinksigns SnowFlake

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    I agree that there are no damages worth suing for, but they are a competitor just a few miles down the street. They need to take the time to do their own damn copy.
     
  7. jiarby

    jiarby Major Contributor

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    Uh oh... I list my substrates too.

    I am gonna go trademark the phrase 4x8 then sue everyone!
     
  8. Dzrt1st

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    FWIW, you are using two registered trademarks on your catalog page without the ® symbol and not giving credit to the respective owners of those trademarks.
     
  9. oldgoatroper

    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    they couldn't have copied your site -- they spelled coroplast wrong -- cloroplast
     
  10. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    they spelled a lot more then that wrong...
     
  11. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    agreed that the content is definately a duplication... i'm almost curious if your content may have been "inspired" elsewhere, as well, but it doesn't really matter.

    even if you could go after them for damages for the time spent creating your content... by the time you go through small claims, you'll both be sore in the rear and the lawyers will be the only ones making money.
     
  12. thinksigns

    thinksigns SnowFlake

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    I've calmed down over night. I do know that I need to have clean hands before complaining about someone harming me. I posted last night immediately after I came across their website. The fact that a direct competitor just a couple of miles down the street copied something that I took time to put together had me steamed.

    The owner probably has no idea. I'll just stop by to point it out to them and ask them to change it.
     
  13. WDP

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    huh are you serious? As a designer myself you have to be kidding right. All visually arts are renditions of what you see somewhere. Either way they both look good and functionally.
     
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