Friday, August 23, 2013

Minawear vs. MiNaWear: sartorial plagiarism

Plagiarism, the sincerest form of flattery, like flattery, is not always welcome; especially when someone is trying to make a living on an original concept, and someone comes along and copies it. There is the nasty case in New York where a plant shop, named Plant House, after 30 years of operations, had their name and logo and business card designg copied exactly by some so-called artists a block away who decided for some reason that their gallery ought to be called 'Planthouse.' Not much in the way of talented botanical illustration to be found on their walls, or much in the way of talented anything but plagiarism. But then again, the New York 'art scene' is so full of copying that the FBI just has to knock on the door of these 'artists' to make a bust. $80million fraud here, $100million there, plagiarism can be great gain.
But is a real loss to real people, like Mina Hegaard of Minawear - whose logo - see below - was copied, along with her name, by a Costa Rican company claiming to be MiNaWear.

Now see the copycat plagiarists who are too stupid to come up with anything original or do a search on the internet: even the font style is copied from the real Minawear - which goes back to the 1990s.
What a scam! Mina Hegaard has sent a cease and desist letter to these people, and should by rights sue them for lost business as a result of this.

MiNa Wear



Don Anser said...

That's nasty. Hope she sues. What a bunch of idiots.

MinaBird said...

Facebook took it down. Now directed to my page. Small victory.

Phil Telic said...

That's good to hear. Minawear, the real Minawear, deserves to not have copycats. But then imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.