In the year 2000 I cooked at several restaurants so I designed this apron that sold well among us chefs. As I stopped cooking I just let the design sit on the web and it sells now and then. I did a Google image search for it and discovered many duplicate copies. One the same idea, a chef face and the words Real Men Wear Aprons. I am amazed how many exist now all take offs on my original design. I guess I could take legal action to stop it from happening but the legal fees are very high to do so. I will just let my original design speak for itself and try to let people know that there are copies out there and not the original.
The link above is from the apron on Zazzle but I started out here on Cafe Press years before: http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/2800284
The idea is copyright. When an artist does a graphic design copyright protects it. Several are different but the chef and phrase clearly violates my copyright. At least a few are original take offs of the idea with different type images.
Real Men Wear Aprons BBQ Apron
Spice up conversations in the kitchen or around the BBQ with this tasty-looking apron (made of high-quality cotton twill, it's rugged and wears great too). Ideal for cooking, baking, grilling or bartending, it's perfect for foodies of all sizes. Simply slip the apron over your head and pull the waist-level drawstring to tighten it around your neck and waist. Two generous pockets hold utensils and more.