Carbon copies of my work illegally sold on Etsy by Amy L. Marshall
It’s unfortunate that I’m having to post this article, but events have steadily increased for us to do something about this issue.
In June last year Amy L. Marshall in Australia placed an online order for a Skull ring (17mm). All was well and good, so we sent the package to her. End of story…
Only it wasn’t.
In December a friend notified me that a company called ‘The Moby Duck’ was selling casts of my Skull Ring on Etsy. I had a look and noticed three things. Firstly – Amy L. Marshall’s ring was an exact resin replica of my own. Secondly – Amy L. Marshall’s Etsy shop email was the same as her paypal email which purchased my ring. And unsurprisingly Amy’s cloned casts were the same size as the ring purchased. Pretty Conclusive.
I immediately contacted Amy L. Marshall to cease trading clones of my products but instead have received what can only be regarded as threatening letters from solicitor Andrew Watt of Gibson’s solicitors in Melbourne, Australia. Here are a few patronizing quotes:
“Skull rings very similar to both yours and our clients have long been designed and worn by broad sections of society, notably including the ‘biker’ culture and Keith Richards.”
They continue to deny any resemblance:
“Our client denies your allegations and absolutely did not cast a mould from your product.”
And finally, a bit of scaremongering:
“Should you persist with the publication of such defamatory content regarding our client, and in particular should you decide to embark on a social media campaign of smear and harassment we will advise our client that she should immediately commence proceedings against you.”
Please do not buy anything from this woman. People like her ruin our industry. It’s one thing to be influenced by someone and another to just cast a replica of someone’s work and sell it as your own. It’s not just my design’s she’s decided to reproduce as her own either. There were also many other cast products, likely carbon copies, being sold.
So far I have notified 4 shops that I have found selling her replicas. They have all ceased trading with Amy L. Marshall. If you see one, please send us as email so we can do the same.
(This post will not be removed until Amy L. Marshal ceases to trade replicas of my product and royalties paid on all of my work sold.)
– If you would like a coloured skull ring please contact me and I can look into producing coloured resin casts from my model.