Adventures in Copyright: From Valerie Rubinaccio to Urban Outfitters, It's A Chain Of Fools

Brooklyn-based Jewelry designer Valerie Rubinaccio was dismayed to find that Urban Outfitters is selling a ring similar to one she designed over a year ago. The two rings don't look exactly alike--we much prefer Rubinaccio's version with multiple chains in varying metals and link size--but the concept is a match. "It is just hard to see my design being copied and to know where the line of 'inspiration' just becomes copying," says Rubinaccio. "I researched heavily when I first made [the rings] a year ago and I know that these were not being designed/produced before I made them."
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Brooklyn-based Jewelry designer Valerie Rubinaccio was dismayed to find that Urban Outfitters is selling a ring similar to one she designed over a year ago. The two rings don't look exactly alike--we much prefer Rubinaccio's version with multiple chains in varying metals and link size--but the concept is a match. "It is just hard to see my design being copied and to know where the line of 'inspiration' just becomes copying," says Rubinaccio. "I researched heavily when I first made [the rings] a year ago and I know that these were not being designed/produced before I made them."
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Brooklyn-based Jewelry designer Valerie Rubinaccio was dismayed to find that Urban Outfitters is selling a ring similar to one she designed over a year ago.

The two rings don't look exactly alike--we much prefer Rubinaccio's version with multiple chains in varying metals and link size--but the concept is a match.

"It is just hard to see my design being copied and to know where the line of 'inspiration' just becomes copying," says Rubinaccio. "I researched heavily when I first made [the rings] a year ago and I know that these were not being designed/produced before I made them."

"It's just unfortunate," says Rubinaccio. Agreed.

You can buy Rubinaccio's bad ass chain rings at Kaight on Orchard St. in the LES.

Did UO cross the line? What's your take?