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."