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Journal Entry: Tue Aug 19, 2014, 7:34 AM



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Hey friends! I really appreciate all of you guys getting mad on my behalf, and all your help in dealing with the matter!

However, I think it's probably best for all of us to move on and work on making more new and interesting works. The important work has been done- we've informed anyone who cares about my art that these knockoffs are not my work and that their quality is not what I guarantee.

• I have made a few reports, however I can't sue the sellers on Amazon or eBay. I don't own Toothless, and while I believe that my design is art and has value in and of itself, there are no laws to protect it when the subject matter is owned by someone else [ especially in China ]

• I have talked with the owner or the original copied necklace [ it was actually a sculpt of the very first Toothless I ever made, and is different from the ones I make today ] and it has never fallen into anyone else's hands [ he even sent me a picture ]. The copy was made from nothing but pictures I posted on the internet.

• I am not going to be able to stop the sale of these mass produced copies. All I can do is inform customers who care about art and quality that the copy is different from my own work.

• I have spoken with the Amazon seller. They have simultaneously admitted to copying my work and refused. [ Apparently the act of googling a picture and copying it just doesn't even register to them ]

Here is the reply I was sent:

"Dear friend,
I am so sorry to hear that.
But we design the item from the picture that we search from google and yahoo,not copy your item.
After we got picture online, our professional designer will design it according to the picture.
We  use stamping process to make it, but your item is 3D, our item is not 3D.
But we don't know why our design is the same as yours.
Our designer also has other design, he is a super artist,  you can see from the attachments.
And,our designer also have many special design, like appa, bmo, you can see from our shop.
If you want to make your item, we can help you,and we can cooperate to help you reduce the product cost.
Looking forward to your reply.
All the best"

They also included this picture v



Which somehow counts as proof they made it themselves in magical chinese copyright land XD

• No, I will not take them up on their offer to mass produce my other work. Even if I had money to gain, I would be betraying my fundamental principal that I run by business by- providing unique and creative art to customers who want something handmade.


So I consider this mess to be wrapped up, at least as wrapped up as it's going to be. They aren't really taking money from my pocket as I'm still selling my necklaces as fast as I can make them. My work is about quality, and it will stay that way.

However, the many hours I've spent messaging about this issue and journaling about it, plus making my customers aware through other mediums has taken money out of my pocket- this is time I should be working and making new items.

So, with that I'm going to shut it down and hopefully get back to my regular work.

I have to worry about this damn vanished UPS order anyway :/



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:icongoldengriffiness:
GoldenGriffiness Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
It's done. I'd really appreciate it if you don't mind giving it a look.
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:icongoldengriffiness:
GoldenGriffiness Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
Can I ask for some paint advise? I'm making another Toothless sculpt (if your interested I have a pre-baked pik up), and am wondering how to do those really feint markings he has on his sides and wings, do you maybe have any advise?
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:iconkizzarina:
Kizzarina Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to stop looking at your gallery because my wish list keeps getting longer & longer, I'm going to be so broke when you open up for commissions again >.<
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:icongoldengriffiness:
GoldenGriffiness Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'm uploading a picture of a clay Toothless sculpture I made momentarily, could I maybe ask you to look at it and tell me what you think? I'd really value any advise you could give
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GoldenGriffiness Featured By Owner 2 days ago
www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-How-to-…
Hey, this might help pinpoint where it's coming from, here's another copy that's supposedly from Hong Kong 
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:icongatobob:
Gatobob Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
That makes sense. Thanks!
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:icongoldengriffiness:
GoldenGriffiness Featured By Owner 2 days ago
And they are ALSO mass producing. God. I'm giving contacting the seller a shot, maybe it'll either scare them or inform them if they don't know
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:icongatobob:
Gatobob Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
Getting them to understand seems to be a waste of time. I've already received a reply from them.

"But we design the item from the picture that we search from google and yahoo,not copy your item. After we got picture online, our professional designer will design it according to the picture.

We  use stamping process to make it, but your item is 3D, our item is not 3D. But we don't know why our design is the same as yours."

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:icongoldengriffiness:
GoldenGriffiness Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Dude, go check the amazon pages. According to one of my friends, we've "unleashed the hounds of hell." :D
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:iconpwned31:
pwned31 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I just noticed something about your username:
Gato-bob, gato=cat, so...

Bobcat?
Was this intended?!!
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:icongatobob:
Gatobob Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
While it is known, it was not the original intention.

No no, this secret origin of my name is much.,.. Stupider.

I came up with my online identity when I was 10. I've been using the same name ever since and even have it processed as a vanity plate on my car.

When I was 10 years old I had an annoying habit of naming inanimate objects, including a large array of pet rocks. However, all items had only two names. 'Girls' were called Sara, 'boys' were called 'bob'. Most objects were boys for some reason.

Also, being ten, I loved digimon and gatomon was my favorite. I decided to combine the two things I so often thought about to create my online identity.

And there you have it. And no, no refunds on brain cells.
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:iconblack-mill:
Black-Mill Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for spaming u with favs XC
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:icongatobob:
Gatobob Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a good problem to have, I don't mind XD
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:iconhikasawr:
Hikasawr Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found you by the random button but, you make some awesome frikkin' clay art. Keep it up!
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:icongatobob:
Gatobob Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha awesome XD And thank you!!
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:iconhikasawr:
Hikasawr Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah, you're welcome ! :D
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:iconever-bliss:
Ever-Bliss Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the llama
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:iconalexisdragonstorm:
AlexisDragonStorm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha im just gonna fav everything in your gallery real quick xD pay me no mind
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:icongatobob:
Gatobob Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Bracing for favstorm. 

Thank you :heart:
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:iconalexisdragonstorm:
AlexisDragonStorm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD np, you deserve it :D
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