As many of you know there is a bit of a dispute going on between Heather Valentin and Sherri Baldy/Scrapbook Stamp Society.
In short, Heather Valentin was never provided (as per contract) with quarterly statements in spite of numerous requests. After advice from her attorney who informed her that Sherri Baldy was in breach of the contract, Heather parted company with the SSS and set up her own business (Lacy Sunshine).
However, Sherri Baldy has continued to sell Heather Valentin digis and other products illegally for the past few months in spite of being told to remove the images. In the last couple of days she has removed the digis from her Etsy store BUT they are still on the SSS site and several other places. It is not only digis but items like fabric blocks and quilt kits as well. These are ALL on sale illegally.
As well as that, a number of Heather's digis have been very closely copied. The SSS dispute this and have made a number of, quite frankly, pathetic and desperate false accusations against Heather saying that Sherri Baldy did them first, or that she stole Tilly the dinosaur from The Flintstones...namely Dino the dinosaur (no similarity at all and Dino is not even based on a real dinosaur!). Not only that, but Pickles the frog is, according to those at the SSS, in fact Bam Bam from The Flintstones in disguise!!! Hmmmmm. Pickles was born (alongside Eleanor) early last year. The dinosaurs were not developed until late last year as she created Tilly (and a triceratops) for my son, Jamie.
Judge for yourself ...yes, Pickles is wearing an animal skin (they didn't have shops!) and yes, he's carrying a club...a well known caveman's weapon. Other than that boy-frog, frog-boy! Can't see the similarity myself. Now Dino and Tilly. Tilly is based on the brachiosaurus (a real dinosaur and a herbivore. Dino, however, is NOT based on a real dinosaur but looks very much like a carnivore to me...claws, teeth etc. My son (a serious expert in dinosaurs) has just given his opinion and said 'he looks alien to my eyes. Never seen a dinosaur like that before.'
For more reading on this subject (and irrefutable proof of who copied who (and we've not even started on Ella & Pinkles yet!) please see the following links on Lacy Sunshine where you will see the copied artwork as a comparison:
Protecting my Original Artwork
Tilly the Dinosaur - disputing claims in a (now removed) blog post of copying SSS
Quite a few interesting comments on there too...and some I have made to add information.
Take care everyone.
Addition 1: Lots of emails are flying around and have been doing so for some time. Lies are being told, threats, coercion, bullying, intimidation - all words I've been told describe their contents. ANYONE who is telling the truth and who is open and above board does so publicly. They do NOT sneak around using emails. All our comments have been made on either this blog or the Lacy Sunshine blog. That way, people can read the facts, see the evidence and decide for themselves. Sneaking around 'following' on their blog anyone who has anything as all to do with us is a form of intimidation. Contacting people who have anything to do with us (even in the loosest sense) is a form of intimidation. Decent, law abiding people are open. They do not hide behind emails telling lies. They do not harass people and bully them. They do not make threats. I apologise to anyone who has been targetted with these emails or are being harassed in any way. Sadly, this is beyond our control and all I can do is to advise you to just ignore them.
Addition 2 (11/03/13) : Have noticed that Sherri Baldy is now putting a copyright on her images dating the ones she's coming up with now (as it says in her posts - they're brand new) as 2012. Very misleading fibs there. Bit stupid really, when everyone can see what she's up to. Hey ho...