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Walmart tshirt settlement

 This is Maestra Lucia Bellini, the scribe whose work was commandeered for the WalMart t-shirt, which was brought to my attention last year about this time.

I would like you all to know that today I received a settlement check from the company which manufactured the t-shirt. I can't divulge the amount according to the terms of the agreement I signed, but I felt it sufficient.

Please feel free to cross post this or otherwise get this information out on my behalf-- I would really like others to know that I appreciate all the support, and more especially, that there really is recourse when this happens.

And just in case, it never hurts to have "Copyright" and the date at the bottom of computer pages with your work, even though you and I both know that copyright attaches automatically when you do the work. It's just a good idea to remind them!

Scribe on!!

Cross posted to: SCA


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Jul. 19th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!! Eventhough it sucked what they did at least they finally paid for it instead of giving you the run around.
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Once the letter got to the right people, it really went very quickly.
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
That is very good to hear!
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, indeed!
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear it! Good for you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I hope the amount was good enough to make up for the grief it caused!

BTW, now that the proper person has been acknowledged AND PAID for the work-- do you know if the tee is still available? I couldn't justify buying it when they had stolen your work, but I wouldn't mind having it now!
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
They've been remaindered-- my son has seen them at Dollar Stores, for example. They might be kinda hard to find but I expect there are still some out there. Thanks for the show of support!
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Good news! I'm glad to hear it.
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! Now if only I could have enjoyed the same success with that Canadian 'bucket shop' that misappropriated my article on Animal Blazonry.
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry! I gotta say, I am amazed that I got anything at all. My entry the day I heard about the shirt said as much--"Rather, I see the scrappy artist and her intrepid attorneys being flattened by phalanxes of minions of the soulless corporation, marching in lockstep. Roadkill." Of course I couldn't even find "intrepid attorneys", but instead one lone paralegal. Ya just never know.
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Jul. 21st, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I certainly hope so!
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It's great to hear that things sorted out nicely!
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to see an artist win one of these things without having to buy an army of lawyers first.
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Just one very, very good, supportive paralegal who lives in Trimaris. And one very pissed off artist.
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Sometimes (such as now!) that's all it takes!

Well Done.

Jul. 19th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Good show! I'm so pleased it came out right for you.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm so glad you followed through on that. So many just feel there is no point. The copy right laws are not there just to protect the big names. They are there for us too. Thank you for sharing the update as well. It's funny, because just the other day, I was wondering about the whole situation and thinking of posting to the scribal list to see if anyone had heard anything...

Now, you can't tell us how much the settlement was for, but you can tell us what wonderful new books you just happen to get this year. (wicked grin)

Thanks again for scoring for the team and reminding us to protect ourselves.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
lol-- Now there's a thought.... I haven't looked at the book sites today. Yet. Excellent thought!
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news, and I'm also glad this came out well for you.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You know, I think knowing there were so many people rooting for me helped me keep after them.
Jul. 19th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you received some compensation. I'm a freelance illustrator, as well, so copyright infringement burns my butt! Yay you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Just so ecstatic for you. I've heard such horror stories of late of copyright infringement it's nice to see you've had some resolution.

I certainly hope you take some of your settlement and get something nice at Pennsic you've always been wanting to get!
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
It will make shopping more fun, true! Thanks for your interest and support.
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, I'm amazed! Glad you got a settlement you are comfortable with.


Jul. 19th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
YAY!!!!! So very glad you prevailed!!!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Jul. 28th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
oh i'm so glad.
Jul. 28th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Me, too. :-)
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent, I just found this link via the current issue of copyright that illadore is dealing with.

Very glad to hear that you received a settlement. (And I saw the tshirts in Walmart, you have a nice hand)
Nov. 4th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate the compliment.
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