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I work in the Superintendent's office at a school. When word got around that I teach Wilton cake decorating at a local JoAnn store, the junior class sponsors approached me about making cupcakes for Prom. They told me the theme, but said to use my imagination to come up with a design. I did so, made a sample, and brought it to them. Knowing that the class had a very small budget, I said that I would charge them $1 each for 84 cupcakes (sorta my contribution to the festivities). They informed me a few days later that they had found another source for the cupcakes; they were "bundling" and getting several items from Sam's Club. I didn't go to Prom, but asked my boss to take a photo of their "discount" cupcakes. They had Sam's decorate them with MY DESIGN!!!!! The EXACT SAME THING!!! It's been three weeks and there's still smoke coming out of my ears, I'm so hot!! I did not make a big deal of it, but those sponsors will get no cooperation from me on anything, ever again - cake-related or otherwise! (And as many will tell you, I'm not someone you want ticked off at you!!) Thanks for listening to my rant!!
post #2 of 19
Considering you were essentially giving away the cupcakes anyway, perhaps you could think of your design as your contribution to the event instead.
post #3 of 19

Try not to let it bother you. I am sure that Sam's cupcakes did not taste as good as yours would have!!! Hang in there and don't let it get you down.
 

post #4 of 19

SO......they're teenagers.  What did you expect?  : \

post #5 of 19

I can understand your being upset.  People that don''t bake or decorate just don't realize the time and effort involved in designing and baking. 

post #6 of 19
Yep I'd have been upset too! However, they obviously loved your design enough to have it copied. That's the highest form of flattery! YOU did it and should be very proud of yourself! Let it go, lesson learned.....
post #7 of 19

The teens or sponsors really need to be confronted.  Stealing intellectual property (your design) is a concept they need to understand as they transition into the "real world."  Taking advantage of people is another life lesson they need to learn is not cool.  This is the age when they are impressionable and need to learn the right way to act.  Think of this as a "teachable moment."

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post #8 of 19
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I have to admit that just venting to someone(s) (?) LOL who understand allowed me to let it go. The students didn't even know the theme, so it was all the sponsors. All the distress is gone. But they're still not getting any cooperation from me!
post #9 of 19

i would be highly upset just as you were. stealing someone's design is to go somewhere else is just wrong. It makes me think about ways to protect product/pictures so that no one can copy them, at least not without my permission.
 

post #10 of 19
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SO......they're teenagers.  What did you expect?  : \

Exactly my thoughts

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post #11 of 19
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SO......they're teenagers.  What did you expect?  : \

Not sure how things work in other school districts, but around my area, the class sponsors are teachers/faculty staff  that guide/chaperone the students.  And they certainly would be old enough to know better.  icon_rolleyes.gif

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The teens or sponsors really need to be confronted.  Stealing intellectual property (your design) is a concept they need to understand as they transition into the "real world."  Taking advantage of people is another life lesson they need to learn is not cool.  This is the age when they are impressionable and need to learn the right way to act.  Think of this as a "teachable moment."

I so agree here.

 

I think the sponsors or someone who was in charge needs to be aware of what happened.  Sadly, I think the in the "real world", this happens every single day- and some could argue that their behavior already in the 'real world' but it doesn't make it right and I think this is the perfect moment to let them know what sort of boundaries they crossed- and hopefully to instill better ethics/values etc in them.

post #13 of 19
Given how much cheating is involved in school these days, this would be a good opportunity for a lesson plan that includes plagiarism and a basic overview of IP protection, laws, and penalties. Assuming there is enough time left in the day after teaching to standardized tests.
post #14 of 19
I'd be writing a letter to those in charge and asking staff to distribute a copy of my letter to all concerned. This sucks big time, and its a suitable opportunity to educate people about IP and ethical business practices.

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post #15 of 19
Wow this is super old but I thought I'd put in my two cents. The situation must've sucked big time! I always charge a small fee for a 'sampling service' and always have the client at least put down a deposit before I send them any kind of design input!

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