Have Topshop been stealing designs again?

15 October 2012

Topshop have been accused of stealing designs before and now, someone is claiming they're doing it again. Kate Moross tweeted about the 'theft' and Twitter has kicked into action, shouting its head off about it all, with one user saying it was a "disgusting rip off" and another saying "thieving bastards".

Have a look at the (admittedly awful) designs side-by-side. Alarmingly similar aren't they?

topshop theft You can see on Moross' site that this is a pattern she's used a lot and with Topshop having previous (along with a host of other large retailers), it looks like foul play.

Moross has worked with some big names in the past, including a nationwide billboard campaign for Cadburys, a number of record companies and... oddly enough... she's done a signature clothing range for Topshop, so they've definitely heard of her.

TOPICS:   High Street News   Scams

10 comments

  • Spencer
    OUTRAGE!
  • Mr M.
    Top Shop setting the trends again... kindof
  • Sicknote
    What a bloody liberty; I mean allowing common bastards like you lot to buy clobber that looks like the posh shit knocked up by Kate 'never-fucking-heard-of-you' Moross...!!!
  • foxes
    One wonders about the tribe she took the design from...
  • J
    Well, since she's already done a collection for Topshop it would be no problem to get in touch with them directly and settle it, surely? I believe in this situation many graphic designers would simply simply send a bill to Topshop for the rights to use the design for production of the t-shirts. (Unless she wanted the items pulled completely, which would be unlikely as they're already in stores and what's done is done.) If Topshop then neglected to pay up she would probably then consider legal action. Art theft is such a huge problem, this is why I decided to move out of that field of work and into one I could actually MAKE money with.
  • J
    Furthermore, if you're interested, you can see www.youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com for an extensive website dedicated to similar design thefts.
  • Alexis
    "I believe in this situation many graphic designers would simply simply send a bill to Topshop for the rights to use the design for production of the t-shirts. (Unless she wanted the items pulled completely, which would be unlikely as they’re already in stores and what’s done is done.)" I'd go down the road of how much profit have they actually made from the sales. If they've sold 5,000 and made £3 profit on each one, I'd be going after £15k rather than a couple of grand licence agreement.
  • Dick
    Who would buy that shit anyway?
  • Spencer
    there are 3 people affected by this... the designer Kate whatever... topshops buyer who will probably get promoted for showing director level 'initiative' and the blind lady who bought this utter monstrosity... thinking it was a quality garment.
  • Chewbacca
    This shit was all over Egyptian walls 4000 years ago. Retards.

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