Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dispute with Foundation Over My Art

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The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation sent a "cease and desist notice" to both my Cafe Press and Zazzle print on demand places. The result was over kill. Hundreds of my art pieces were removed as the printers apparently misunderstood the claim. Removed were anything I had tagged with #jazz, #neworleans, #fest, Apparently The Foundation claims to have trade marked several common phrases and the printers just zapped anything close. I contacted the Foundation who are not sympathetic to local artists. The printers said once zapped all I can do is reup the designs. Hundreds? Sure 19 years of art to redo? No way I would have time.


The Foundation claims to have a trade mark on several phrases we all have used for years. I bet they would lose in court but who has the time and money to stop them? It is just like "Who Dat" that was lost in court but then we had people file suit. Now I will wait to see the fall out.




What I have had to do is convert my designs to other "words", like "Mardi Gras", "NOLA", I guess no one has "trademarked" those words yet.


NOLA Skeleton with Horn T-Shirt
NOLA Skeleton with Horn T-Shirt
by figstreetstudio


New Orleans Chat Noir Mardi Gras 2017 Poster

New Orleans Chat Noir Mardi Gras 2017 Poster

by figstreetstudio


 This "Jazz Dancing" poster I removed just the word "Fest". And it still sells. I also remove the #tag, #jazzfest so it will not be zapped off the web.

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