Every so often, but unfortunately not uncommonly enough, I’ll see through my various social networks an independent designer/entrepreneur blasting a large corporation for stealing their designs. The products in question range anywhere from a simple patch to a whole t-shirt, but it’s almost always astoundingly clear that the larger corporation indeed ripped this person off.
I can’t even begin to imagine how awful it must feel when you, as a small business owner, have your hard work stolen. You already have to deal with the usual qualms of being small—a somewhat unpredictable source of income, working independently and often without help—and to have your hardest obstacle be something malicious and entirely out of your hands, well, sucks.
So what can you do?