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post #31 of 56
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I'm glad to share that there is a happy ending to this thankfully brief saga!

The decorator I complained about (but have not named) took the initiative and emailed me after hearing from a CC member who was reading this thread. I asked that they take down the pictures of my designs and they immediately did so. We had a very gracious exchange and I harbor no ill will.

I want to thank everyone who gave me advice about this. I have read every post and all of the comments were extremely helpful. I am sure I would have taken the advice of several posters to write directly to the decorator and ask nicely to remove the pictures, and it was just plain good luck that the decorator reached out to me and was so decent about it.

Thanks again to everyone for being part of this thread. It's a great feeling to be able to tap into this fantastic resource.
post #32 of 56
I'm glad it all ended well icon_smile.gif

I just have to say that I just checked your website and am amazed by your work, all I can say is WOW!!!!
post #33 of 56
This is a wonderful resolution to an awkward issue. I commend the decorator on being up-front and taking the time to email you right away and remove the pictures, and I apologize myself for coming on so strongly earlier.

I'm so happy it had a pleasant ending.
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post #34 of 56
i've seen a lot of cookies that look like they came right from rolling pin productions. i'd love to do some of thier stuff, but i would never try to pass it off as my own. i make a lot of my cookie cutters, but yes a lot of designs i found thru yahoo or out of wood painting books. sometimes it's a fine line. nancy, your designs are pretty unique. i would probably be upset too, but i think some are right, unless they are using your pics exactly, there's not much you can do. i can see where you'd be upset.
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post #35 of 56
I know, I have NEVER seen cookies like the ones Nancy makes...! they must take forever! and I if I would ever get/buy one I would shellac it and frame it!

I would NOT dare eat it!! they are such a work of art!!

as far a copying another decorator's work...well...we all get inspired by a great design!! I think that is the best form of flattery! Or sometimes another designer sparks our own creative juices.

What bothers me ( just a little..lol) is if I come up with a completely unique techinque and some random person comes up to me and wants to know "HOW DID YOU DO THAT?" or they want me to tell them how to copy it...

I hesitate...I'm like...I don't know you! lol

When I was making wedding cakes and a bride would come to me with a picture in a Bridal Magazine...my first reply was ...if you want that particular cake, you MUST contact that particular designer and the contact info is in the back of the magazine.

But, if you want an "interpretation" of that particular design, then I will do my best...And we took it from there.

There are some TRULY AMAZING designs here and out there..some I could make with my eyes closed...some that would KICK MY BUTT design wise..but each and every cake that I get "inspired" by...will ALWAYS have MY spin on it..lol

By the way Nancy...Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

You are another CC memeber that needs to seriously consider writing a book!
post #36 of 56
It's great to hear a nice ending to the situation.

Nancy, your cookies are completely AMAZING. I have never seen cookies like that before either. They're beautiful!
post #37 of 56
So glad to hear that it's a positive ending to this problem! Very nice of the decorator to come to you first - shows a lot of courage on their part. Keep making your awesome cookies - and publish a book of tips for those of us that are cookie challenged!
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post #38 of 56
I'm glad it worked out for the both of you. You do beautiful work, Nancy. I can't even imagine someone attempting to copy you.

I just wanted to say that what would really upset me is if someone copied a design which was clearly my unique creation and then UNDERCUT my price. No, I would not be very happy with that person at all.
post #39 of 56
Gosh, well, I see why someone would copy your designs...I just looked through your entire portfolio! icon_smile.gif Fun , creative, beautiful and unique stuff there! That was fun looking. <grin>
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post #40 of 56
[ and publish a book of tips for those of us that are cookie challenged!
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I'm first in line for your book! your work it's just out of this world
post #41 of 56
Yes, Nancy's cookies make me happy when I look at them.
post #42 of 56
Oh, that's great! I was hoping it would be that easy. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #43 of 56
Holy Cow!! I have never seen such beautiful cookies! Boy, do you have talent!!!
post #44 of 56
wow, what a fun thread to read...especially since its about me.

let me just clarify a few things. first off, i designed my website long before i came across nancy's, so no, i did not 'copy" her font. like some else has already mentioned, its pretty popular. secondly, the cookies that i duplicated were the more basic designs on nancy's site, (pregnant belly, wedding dress, etc) not the more detailed cookies; i surely don't have the patience for those! i was alerted of this tread by my friend, who is also a CC member. she told me nancy was, in her words, "very distraught" over someone using her designs. well, i had *just* added them to my site that day and thought i'd email nancy to see if it was indeed me who she was "complaining" about. i decided to remove the pictures because of one reason and one reason only...nancy asked me in a respectful manner. obviously, i did *not* have to. i'm most certainly not a "thief" like *whats-her-face* stated in her post nor do i feel badly about duplicating the cookies. do i think its wrong to copy other decorator's work? absolutely not, and from looking at the gallery her at CC, neither do many of you. i didn't copy the cookies "exactly", i did change a couple things here and there (colors, etc). i *do* feel badly, however, about upsetting nancy, it was not my intention. trust me, its much easier for me to just remove the pictures then know i am creating much distress for another decorator. i certainly do not want to be the cause of anyone losing any sleep over this matter.

at any rate, i will continue to find inspiration on different websites, books, etc. and maybe even come up with a few of my own. : )
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post #45 of 56
I'm glad it worked out well. I do remember hearing that imitation was the best form of flattery, even though sometimes it's not fair and I know for myself I have seen a Colette Peters cake and said I can do that and did. maybe not to the T but close. Although there is nothing new under the sun, some do have alot more creative ideas than others. I don't know how we could ever claim a design when what we do is copy everything we see. icon_smile.gif Your things are beautiful thumbs_up.gif
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