... yes, that's right, and guess what for? For the rights to mass produce and sell the items he copies, basically. Mr. Rick Wittrig, owner of FirePitArt.com has been selling pretty much exact copies of the beautiful firepit sculptures created by the wonderful, talented, and hardworking artist, John T. Unger.
What if this was you?
John, who owns the copyrights to his firepit sculptures (which he's made since 2005) is being sued by Mr. Wittrig to have those very copyrights overturned! This is not a case which is likely to hold up in court, and I'm sure Mr. Wittrig is well aware of that fact. However, it seems clear that he intends to 'outspend' John, since he is in a position to do so. John's already spent over $50,000 of his own money in court cases fighting Wittrig, and if he cannot come up with the enormous funds necessary to defend his copyrights, a default decision means Wittrig wins. That simple, and infuriating. This cannot happen. The Law needs to protect artists better than that. There but for the grace of God go any one of us small-time artists who come up with an idea some big business man decides to seize as his own money-making scheme, and while I do not know this artist, I intend to help.
I hope some of you do as well. Donate. I just did, it was easy and safe. Give a dollar. Give five. If you feel more strongly, give $75, and for that price take a sculpture of your choosing from this first set of 100 sculptures made from the firepit cutout scraps. John lets you reserve the exact one by simply saying so in a comment to it's Flickr pic in the set. (Each 100-piece set will be made in a different color of steel. This one is colorless, or natural. Red, orange, yellow, white, and black are also available.)