Friday, February 12, 2010

KIM KARDASHIAN LIFTED MY KORCULA LOGO


my logo and color scheme, designed mid 2008

kim kardashian wearing the signature necklace i sent her in late 2008

at H&M in hollywood in my necklace

now. her new perfume, logo and AD

now.

remember how excited i was to have a celebrity endorsement of my jewelry when the pictures of kim kardashian in the signature korcula necklace surfaced on the web? well, i guess she liked it. alot. so much, that she lifted my artwork AND color scheme from my website to use on her new bottle of perfume.

check it out at http://www.shopkorcula.com/

CONTACT ME: LEBERTIN@GMAIL.COM

55 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...this is terrible. Who does she think she is? So wrong!

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  2. SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!?!?! It is so blatanly obvious that she stole your intellectual and creative property!! I mean is that how she says "thank you" for sending her your signature necklace as a gift?? Who does she think she is?

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  3. Incredible! At least you have proof that she wore and knew of your logo before her products came out. Should be good for you in court. How unfortunate!!!

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  4. I'm so sorry. Some people have no respect for others hard work!

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  5. Seems like a pretty blatant case of IP theft to me. Celebrities think they can get away with anything apparently. Good luck with the suit.

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  6. I'm so sorry Lindley! This happened to an employer of mine from college who was designing really cute apparel and selling it online. Celebs like Minnie Driver would pick it up and we'd see it in magazines. I remember someone pretty famous (like the wife of a professional athlete) started knocking off our designs and selling them, too! It was just as obvious and it was so irritating! -Laura Finley

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  7. This is sickening and incredibly upsetting. I am so very sorry, Lindley. I can't imagine how angry and hurt and frustrated you must be. I hope your lawyer slays Kim Kardashian and that you win your suit! Good luck!!!

    ~ Casey Radle

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  8. That is so trashy (but what did you expect from a kardashian?!) you would think, with all the time and money she has on her hands, that she would be able to come up with her own freakin logo. Go get her! She deserves to pay for this!
    -Kathrine (lindz's friend)

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  9. Hey Lindley! I'm so sorry you're having to go through this--but at least you're THAT awesome of a designer, right! ;-)

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  10. That is so terrible and obvious it was ripped off from you!

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  11. This is really difficult to look at. It's disgusting she would do something like that. She needs to work on her character.

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  12. what great, free publicity for you. I never heard of you before but now I want one of your signature necklaces. love it.

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  13. take her big butt to court for everything you can. Everyone hates them, they are not respected in any market, especially fashion. Thats not only wrong and illegal if your stuff is trademarked but selfish and disrespectful.

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  14. I understand you are angry, I would be furious to say the least. But you really need to separate your business from your drama. Having a big feature of this on the front page of your shop is really tacky. Even writing about it in your shops blog is tacky. I can see posting about it on Facebook so just your friends can see but this is really gross. I can see that you are getting press from this, isn't that enough? It just looks like you are trying to launch your company off of your red hot minute in the spotlight and that is borderline pathetic. Let the lawyers handle it and do their business and try to be a little more classy.

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  15. Jenni Alvarez--chill! You go Lindley!! You definitely deserve a shout out from Miss Kardashian! I still dont understand why we care about what that family is doing. HA!

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  16. Jenni (with an "i") Alvarez- Let's explore a very basic question. Have you ever had anything stolen from you? How did it make you feel?

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  17. the logos do look very similar. but they're not identical. you have sent her the necklace in late 2008. she's been working on that perfume for quite a while and everyone saw the logo last year, so i don't know why you have decided to act now, so late, not back then?
    i do think she should have came up with something of her own ;)

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  18. i did not see the logo until December 2009. If I had seen it earlier, I would have acted earlier.

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  19. WOW apparently you people don't know that most celebrities have a design team and don't actually do the designs themselves. I do think she should at least pay you for the right to use that logo though.

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  20. cmon...you cant be bitter. you are selling to completley different things. kim helped to endorse your company by wearing your necklace. if anything, her having a similar logo to yours will help give more recognition to your brand. you can kim should work together more closely in all honesty. why not have her carry your brand in her and her sister's Dash boutiques?

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  21. It's all about greed and people with money who think they can walk all over everyone else. Kim is NO prize package by a long shot and she is NOT all that...

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  22. I'll give you the logo - she obviously took your idea. However, the logos aren't identical so its not technically stolen. Her initials are KK - and the frangrance is called KIM KARDASHIAN - so what eles would the logo entail? But, how is her pink and black color scheme the same as your brown and light brown color scheme? Be flattered. You're getting more press because of it.

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  23. The logos are not identical you just wanted more hits on your website. Obviously, your business needs some press and you pick Kim to help you out.

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  24. I COMPLETELY agree with what Jenni Alvarez said. It's tacky and childish to feature your drama front and center on your products website. Have some class. A small disclaimer or comment would be one thing but this is just disgusting. Like she said leave it to the lawyers and grow up and act like a professional. You're getting publicity for free so shut up, ride the coat tails and take the HIGHER ROAD. Remove that from your product site or you're going to lose respect from a lot more potential clients who would otherwise empathized with you.

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  25. I agree with the previous post as well as Jenni Alvarez. I think you have a very strong case for stolen IP. It is unfortunate and probably incredibly frustrating that this happened to you. However, I would recommend handling this in a more dignified way and definitely separate it from marketing website. It just detracts from your creative designs and you can be better than that!

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  26. Just so you know. Kim had nothing to do with designing her logo. the KK logo was designed by a designer in New York. Also, the logo reads KIM and not just KK.

    TYPE in KK into google search for images and you will see many back to back KK logos--this approach is nothing new.

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  27. Every hear of the cyrillic letter "zhe"? Duh. Nice try for cheap publicity.
    http://images.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=zhe+cyrillic&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&start=0

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  28. is the cryllic letter "zhe" trademrked and branded as a company's identity? does it have very specific colors associated and was it sent and packaged to a celebrity as a gift? nope, dont think so.

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  29. Your logo can be trademarked but I have to warn you that Kim is in a different business category so you may have problems there. If she was launching a jewelry line with the KK treatment she may have problems. I am not sure what business category she is in but chances are that she trademarked hers (if it is actually trademarked at all) in the cosmetics / fragrance category. Good luck.

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  31. so many of the commenters are incredibly ignorant! she is not saying she originated KK symbol!! she is simply saying that she used a very specific version of it to embody her company and brand korcula. she paid to have it trademarked and it became her identity. she sent it to someone as a gift and they took an almost exact replica of it, with slight variations - including a similar color scheme. that is called an infringement!! good for you for protecting your intellectual property rights!! i hope you succeed!!

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  32. this is exactly why celebrities should not have their own fashion lines. because they are not designers and are not famous for being creators in fashion, and because of that, they steal their ideas from small companies like this one and hope noone finds out or they just blatantly rip off fashion houses like Fendi. GO GET HER.

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  33. I don't get it. Some of these comments seem to be missing the point completely. The way I understand it from the story being told, the wrong doing is directly related to her awareness of the logo belonging to a company that sent her a gift. Of course this logo has been, and will be used again, but it's a blatent rip off based on the fact that she put something so similar around her neck less than a year before she designed the fragrance logo. Yes, she most certainly has a design team or hired design firm, but she is undoubtedly part of the process and ultimately approves the final product. I wish I could give her the benefit of the doubt and say she is so stupid that she wouldn't make the association, but I just don't think that's the case. As for the approach...more power to you...I know from personal experience how expensive IP litigation is, and for a small business owner, it can be a non-option. There's abolutely nothing wrong with getting creative to fight against such blatent design theft. If the the nature of IP conflicts I've been a part of had the ability to use the public to force change, I'd of been all over it. The sad thing about a celebrity franchise like Kim Kardashian is that she can steal the idea for a logo, place it on a bottle of perfume, mass distribute it, mass publicize it and from that point on, at least in the short term, Korcula's logo will look a lot like that logo on Kim's perfume bottle. That sucks. You're doing the right thing. Keep it up, and hopefully a miracle shot of integrity will encourage her to address the situation.

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  34. BIngo:
    " I wish I could give her the benefit of the doubt and say she is so stupid that she wouldn't make the association"

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  35. YA RIGHT. there's not even a POSSIBILITY that Kim was too stupid to make the association. she got the stuff as a gift, obviously checked out the website, and then when it came time for the bottle design, she ripped off korcula. oh and for all of the people saying she has a "design team", Kim can be seen in every interview bragging about how she designed the bottle herself. it was her idea. stolen from korcula.

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  36. Okay - all you negativos need to take a chill pill!! I agree with the posts that talk about how so many of you are missing the point. I'd never even heard of Korcula before reading about all this buzz online - but I will say as a small business owner myself (and as someone who has had something stolen from them), it's the shear fact that the owner of Korcula has poured her heart and soul into something that she is passoinate about only to see it taken by someone with more money and power to spring it into the limelight. IT'S JUST NOT FAIR! Of COURSE the double K has been used before - but you have GOT TO BE KIDDING me if you don't think Kim K (or her design team or whoever) didn't get the idea from Korcula's KK logo - look at the colors right next to eachother - coupled with the fact that the necklace was given to Kim as a gift...there is just no argument. Now, maybe legally Kim (or her desing team) dotted all of their I's and crossed all of their T's - but there is no hiding the fact that the idea and the "look" were stolen. AND - if I had my look stolen by someone only to make it appear as if I copied their look - OH I WOULD BE FURIOUS...and YES, you better believe I would be takng action......

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  37. Does that mean Korcula violated those before her??? Where does it start and where does it end???

    http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz257/Mikeiron/KKLogo4.jpg

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  38. To the last comment: How stupid are you? To post that after so many direct points stating that it has nothing to do with who's used the logo before, or who will after. This claim is based on the details specific to THIS story and the past relationship between Korcula and Kardashian.

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  39. Stupid enough to point out that nothing is original, and that authenticity is invaluable as originality is non-existent... doesn't get any more real than THIS.

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  40. Are we positive the KK logo was not photoshopped onto her neck?

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  41. WOW:
    http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz257/Mikeiron/KKLogo4.jpg

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  42. haha! it amazes me that people can have the facts basically handed to them and STLL not get it!! this is not a question of originality. this is a question of TRADEMARK and COPYRIGHT INFRINGMENT specific to the relationship between kim kardashian and korcula. this symbol was original in its particular use and association with this company. it created an image and a brand.

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  43. photoshopped on her neck??? i truly hope you are just trying to lighten the mood and not actually being serious.

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  44. More power to Korcula... this is pure trademark infringement. when will you be taking her to court?

    Spreading the word on fameappeal.com

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  45. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE KARDASHIANS OR THEIR CRONIES HAVE DECIDED TO COMMENT HERE AND COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT! SHE CLEARLY RIPPED OFF YOUR LOGO! LAWYER UP AND TAKE THAT FISHY CUNT TO COURT, PRONTO!!

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  46. Ms. Lindley,
    I am so sorry you are getting bashed by an ignorant few who seem to want to argue outside of legal parameters. I fully applaud you for posting a link on your website and facing the issue head-on. After all, this lawsuit is now a major part of your image and brand, and the impetus behind the majority of your web traffic. So why not be proactive about spreading your side of the story, and staying upfront with your loyal fans?

    I must admit, I think your designs are just gorgeous, but I DESPISE all things Kardashian, and cringe at the idea of wearing something that may be mistaken for a cheap, throwaway jewelry piece given as a gift-with-purchase with Kim Kardashian's fragrance (you know the ones they give away). As someone who has gone through several lawsuits against Goliath, my sympathies, and good luck!

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  49. I suppose it would be a little.Winter gift- Moncler Everest Puffer Jacket Black, do you like it? So warmer !

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  50. you should have done copy rights and trademarking etc so it doesn't get used. Though in court I would imagine due that it is not exactly the same it would not be an issue.

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  51. Actually I think your both wrong, Nice logo but i think the logo kim is using was one of my designs that has been morphed. In 2000 i designed the logo for KryptoKing and had it trademarked and produced thousands of tee-shirt with a clearer more precise logo. The original font i used had a curled toe to the lower leg of the K I personally changed it to its current swoop changing the original font itself.
    found here on the USPTO website you will see an early rough version http://www.trademarkia.com/kk-kryptoking-76278459.html i can send photos of old tshirts we sold at the first bonnaroo 10yrs ago when we were a sponsor they have changed enough for it not to infringe on anything all it is cheap designers showing her other peoples ideas.
    Kevin Kdankman@hotmail.com

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  52. While I think there is a valid court case here, its unclear that this is theft. Flipping the 'K' to create a mark is the first idea most designers would consider. Nice as it is, it is also obvious and probably a case of parallel thinking. Kim probably had a very small amount of actual input into the design process aside from directing the graphic design studio to, "Represent my fabulousness" and then picking the winning design from a few presented.

    But this whole hubbub is why people in the movie industry won't read unsolicited scripts (because the author can always claim that some idea from the script was stolen and then sue).

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  53. I am sorry to say, but as a long time graphic designer, all I can say is that when you have a product and initials KK, its the first obvious design that comes to mind, so I am not amazed that two designers came to the same solution. So my verdict here would be, no, nothing was stolen, move along there is nothing to see here :)

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  54. Oh and also, before you start acusing other designers of theft, type KK logo in Google Images, and see how many other less famous products have the identical logo solution (one k flipped)

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  55. Just look at Russian letter Ж

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