News of Target copying a t-shirt design from SandiLake Clothing (a small business started by a creative and entrepreneurial young woman) …broke my heart because the designer, Ms. Lay, evidently stated that she did not have her design copyrighted due to the “high cost” of copyright.
IT’S A MYTH that copyright registration is expensive! Applying for Copyright Registration is not expensive folks. Applying for for Copyright Registration costs $35-$55.
My heartbreak is somewhat abated by the fact that Target has pulled the copy-cat shirts off their shelves. Evidently, Ms. Lay launched a clever social media flurry by posting a photograph of herself in a Target Store wearing her original shirt and holding a copy-cat shirt being sold at Target and appealing for support of mom-run businesses. (The photo is inserted to the right).
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.
See also: other blog posts on related topics – “Copyright Protection Only Costs $35″ or As of 5/1/14 “Some Basic Copyright Claims now cost $55“; “How to Write a Copyright Notice And Why To Use It“; “How to use the ®, TM, SM, © symbols for trademark and copyright“; “Copyright Is Valuable, ‘The Birthday Song’ Earns $2 Million a Year In Royalties“; #smallbiz #valueyou #valueyourart; @ iplegalfreebies and www.kasterlegal.com.