Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today I received my first notice of copyright infringement from the DMCA department, which is something I was never expecting to see. After I swallowed that "wtf!?" moment, it actually wasn't so bad. Apparently even Frank Sinatra's name is licensed, and so my naming a fedora after him was in violation of Warner Music's copyright. So from now on the "Sinatra" fedora is going to be the "Corleone" fedora, something I'm updating even as I type this.

It's no biggie, so I won't bother making a fuss. What's in a name, after all? But I wanted to make a notice here so that there was no confusion, and also satisfy curiosities (maybe serve as a little warning to anyone else wanting to dedicate anything to the Chairman of the Board).

Also, update on current projects... I'm working on a few things that are ending up bigger than I initially thought, which makes me think I should release another smaller project while I'm working on these. Unfortunately, that's exactly how a few of these started, so I don't want to place myself in the way of temptation and end up with even more enormous projects O.o


Pandora Wrigglesworth said...

Yup, you have to be careful about trademarks. Some of my products are reminiscent of things in the real world but I am always careful to come up with a name that sounds nothing like it. It's unfortunate for me since it means that people searching for something related to that real world product won't find my product in a search.

Besides, you should have known better than to name your hat after Sinatra. After all, it's Frank's world; we just live in it.

Siyu said...

*Shakes a fist*

I had one of those name blanks, like hair makers do, where you have a bunch of variations of something incredibly similar and you're desperate to find something unique about each one to label. Famous fedora wearers was perfect... I really didn't think they could claim a last name as intellectual property.

Normally I think up brilliant and original names that no one could possibly have issues with, gems of greatness like "Silk Blindfold" and "Green Man Mask". But I guess my muse just left me :)~

ZE design Zigadena Gabardini-Emarald Harvey said...

love your things! And if u ever wants to make something custom, I would love a sculpted rose from you to use with my creations..
All ive seen before are too clumpsy for a dress ..
/Zig ZE deign

Candy Flanagan said...

The people at Warner Brothers just have too much time on their hands.

Vanessa Tanith VanAlstyne said...

I wonder what all those poor people with the last name Sinatra do. I mean... they can't even use there last names!