A fellow Deviant, *beatblack
is in need of our help, today!
Sarah, also known as Beat Black, is the maker of I Heart Brains BFF Necklaces
, and she has been making them since 2010.
Recently, Sarah discovered that Hot Topic has been selling something eerily similar to her design, as seen here:[link]
If ANYTHING is going to be done about it, we need to make a big stink! I mean HUGE. This needs to go VIRAL, people. Because it just isn't fair, and independent artists are always getting ripped off. Hot Topic is an unbelievably huge company - can they not afford designers that can come up with their OWN ideas?!
It may not be big shots at the top of Hot Topic themselves that are stealing - it's the folks in which they import their stuff from. But by selling it, they are SUPPORTING this thievery.HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Share this link from the "You Thought We Wouldn't Notice" website:Have A Heart, Hot Topic
Write on the Hot Topic Facebook wall:Hot Topic @ Facebook
Write to Hot Topic, directly:Hot Topic Contact Page
Tell Regretsy about it:
Tell The Consumerist about it:The Consumerist
Share it on your blog, here on DA, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Tumblr, Pinterest, word of mouth, text, - whatever you can!
Hot Topic won't know what hit them!UPDATES:Beat Black
"Just a quick update, I got a real email from Hot Topic. They said they will remove the necklace from in store and online while they investigate. It's still up but I'm hoping it will be taken down soon."
"the hot topic issue was posted on the consumerist today. Also the brains have been taken down from their site and are supposed to be taken off sales floors by the end of today while they "investigate"..."The Consumerist: This Hot Topic Brain Looks Awfully Familiar