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They copied my cake design and gave the job to someone else

post #1 of 36
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I had a cake tasting with a couple several months ago. The bride told me what she liked and I drew a sketch of a cake. She kept the sketch then later on she told me they hired somebody else cheaper. They got married a couple weeks ago and I saw a picture of the final cake - it was my exact design! I know there's no copyright on my drawing - but sheesh!
Rachel Lee Stuart
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Rachel Lee Stuart
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post #2 of 36
I'd be calling that bride and telling her exactly what I think of what she did. If I could get the name of the baker that did the cake, they'd get a call too.

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post #3 of 36
If a bride brings me a drawing, how am I suppose to know where it came from? Do you sign and date them? Lots of brides bring them "their" sketches and there is nothing on there to indicate it's anything other than what a bride sketched up.

So I may be guilty. And if I got a call from another decorator going down my throat for it, I'd tell them where to get off.

If the sketch is identified, that's a whole different story, and no, I wouldn't duplicate it. But take it a step further .... nothing stops a bride from describing the drawing to me. I don't have to look at the drawing and I could end up making that cake.

I think the answer is ... don't release your sketches.
post #4 of 36
No deposit and contract?? No sketch.
post #5 of 36
omg! what a byotch!
post #6 of 36
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Originally Posted by indydebi

If a bride brings me a drawing, how am I suppose to know where it came from? Do you sign and date them? Lots of brides bring them "their" sketches and there is nothing on there to indicate it's anything other than what a bride sketched up.

So I may be guilty. And if I got a call from another decorator going down my throat for it, I'd tell them where to get off.

If the sketch is identified, that's a whole different story, and no, I wouldn't duplicate it. But take it a step further .... nothing stops a bride from describing the drawing to me. I don't have to look at the drawing and I could end up making that cake.

I think the answer is ... don't release your sketches.




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post #7 of 36
Not cool at all. But you shouldn't have given her the sketch. You could've said if your interested come back and I will make the cake for you. Thanks!
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You can't just eat a piece of cake, you have to eat the cake to pieces! Marilyn
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post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by DDiva

No deposit and contract?? No sketch.



Yeah, people are clueless when it comes to this sort of thing. I think if she knew what she was doing was wrong, she never would have called and told you. If they're not ready to book, but want the sketch then charge a least a "design fee" say $100 non - refundable if they want to take the design offsite, then at least you're compensated if they do this, and they know that yes...this is business.
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post #9 of 36
Never ever let anyone keep your sketches! My instructor expressed that so much because of what happened to you. But that's alot of nerve. They shouldve choked on the cake. We all live and learn.
post #10 of 36
We learn something new everyday...i feel protective over my sketches anyway, so it may have occurred to me not to let anyone have it, but i can see how that could happen to a baker. Everyone else is finding ways to make money, so why shouldn't we charge for sketches, consultations, cake tastings and cake??? Car dealerships charge for diagnostics and no telling what else.
post #11 of 36
I am more surprised that she TOLD you about it.
post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by yamber82

omg! what a byotch!



Couldn't have said it better myself! lmao
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post #13 of 36
i'm not saying it's right, but i can't say that i wouldn't have done the same, truthfully...as a non caking bride, i knew nothing about "cake courtesy", so if i met with someone and got a price, they gave me the sketch they had come up with, i fell in love with it, but then found a subsequent bid cheaper, i would pass over that sketch to the baker that had won the bidding war.

don't jump on the bride as being rude, because she doesn't eat, sleep and breathe cake like we do. she's price shopping, which is only common sense and shouldn't offend you.

take precautions from now on to do as the others have suggested and what i do myself...no money, no sketchy!!!!!!!!! i demand compensation for my "artistry"...la-ti-dah! icon_redface.gificon_lol.gif
the early bird may get the worm, indeed, but the second mouse is the one who gets the cheese!
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the early bird may get the worm, indeed, but the second mouse is the one who gets the cheese!
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post #14 of 36
Yeah....If I were a potential car company designer...and they asked me to create a sketch for a client.....I wouldn't let them have the sketch.
You don't HAVE a soul, you ARE a soul...you HAVE a body. C.S. Lewis
I'd rather see badly done cake than well done styrofoam.
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You don't HAVE a soul, you ARE a soul...you HAVE a body. C.S. Lewis
I'd rather see badly done cake than well done styrofoam.
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post #15 of 36
I dont' sketch, so I don't have the problem. But my question to you all: If you give the sketch to the bride, what is in your file and/or what do you use when you're making the cake? Or do you all have copy machines? icon_confused.gif
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