Urban Outfitters and Etsy Artists: Who's Stealing From Whom?
The Regretsy post includes multiple examples of the state plus heart design from numerous artists. It doesn't seem as though the idea originated from just one person.
Are all of these independent designers on Etsy stealing from each other? Or this is such a simple and generic idea that many people can come up with it at once? Certainly the idea of a charm in the shape of a state is nothing new; they've been selling those to tourists for years. Is it such a leap to put a heart in one? That seems like a logical progression from the I heart NY design, which I first remember seeing in the late 70′s.
Now, I'm not generally the voice of reason, so this is an uncomfortable position to take. But I'm just not sure I want to start a boycott over an idea that many people have had, some for years before Truche even opened her Etsy store.
The question is less "Did Urban Outfitters steal?" (probably) and more "Who did they steal from?" It's unlikely that there's only one victim of UO's sticky fingers. On the other hand, does this mean Etsy artists are stealing from each other? And do we care? And if we actually think these necklaces are really cute and want a Massachusetts-shaped one, is that bad?