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    For months people have been telling me that another local jeweller has been copying my work. She was at the show today and when I looked at her table there were at least 10 things that were almost identical copies of mine. I was so furious that I'm afraid I had to say something. She denied copying, saying she'd been doing them for ages. She then burst into tears and went to tell the organiser that I was picking on her. I was shaking like a leaf as I don't like conflict. What can you do about people like that?

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    Aw, Carole, warm hugs. I can't give any advice as I'm not the most emotionally controlled person in the world and often act before thinking. Either that or I'd have moped around and got depressed.

    So, not a helpful response, but just to say I feel for you in this.
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    I'm not sure that I would have had the courage to say anything, although I would have really really wanted to, as I have no doubt that even though you are probably shaken up by the whole experience, it has probably had the desired effect and she will be too embarrassed to copy your work in the future. I have no doubt that sometimes we all do some pieces that are similar (e.g. hearts ), but a lot of your stuff is unique to you and if the jewellery she is producing are basically replicas of your designs and now she knows that she has been sprung she will undoubtedly stop.
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    Sadly Lisa, I don't think she'll stop copying as she knew I was aware of what she was doing last summer when she saw me looking at her table when I thought she was out of the way. She's even using the same web designer as me - how weird is that?

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    Her reciprocal accusation is probably just a knee jerk reaction at being caught and shown up - cornered animal-style.

    If you've got to back tomorrow, do you have an old invoice for one of the pieces in question going back a while that you could take with you?

    With all of my orders, I print the invoice alongside photos of the item and any notes about sizes, mods etc. written on it (I take a screen grab and the photos and print them on one sheet) and staple that to the postal receipt, copy of the customs forms etc. That way I could show, with photos, anything I've sold with postal proof of when it went etc. If you had such a thing from 4 years ago it would show how long you'd been making the piece.

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    I don't really have anything like that but everyone who's been doing the shows as long as me knows that I've been doing those pieces for years. She used to have a gallery which another jeweller used to supply until one day she said she didn't want her jewellery any more. That jeweller then discovered that she was copying her work. She obviously doesn't have the imagination to do her own designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo View Post
    Wrestle her to the ground and kick her in the tits?
    Now why couldn't I have thought of that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo View Post
    Wrestle her to the ground and kick her in the tits?
    Good idea! I'll do that tomorrow!

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    Sorry, not practical or helpful. Bad Boo.

    What did the organisers say? What a thoroughly horrible situation to be in - for which there's no easy answer.

    If she has been copying you and knows it, she must have been dreading you coming to her stall. In which case, she'll know she's wrong and hopefully feel even worse than you about it.

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