Reknown Artist John T. Unger found himself under legal attack after a copycat artist tried to usurp his copyright claim to his original work. After mounting his defense, it became apparent that this was going to take more time and money then originally thought. John turned to his peers and a growing audience of social media to send a message of hope to other artists who have had the same happen to them and to ask for resources to take the fight to the end. He discusses some of the points of the case and its resolution with Damien Allen on today's program.
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Damien Allen: Good afternoon and welcome to Traverse Legal Radio. My name is Damien Allen, and today I am on the phone with John T. Unger of John T. Unger Studios of Mancelona, Michigan. John is an artist who makes artisanal firebowls. Good afternoon and welcome to the program, John.
John T. Unger: Hi, Damien. Glad to be here.
Damien Allen: It’s a pleasure to have you today, sir. Now, recently, you were involved in a case, a little piece of litigation, where a competitor decided to copy some of your designs for your artisanal firebowls and then sue you to make you stop using your own designs, basically run you into the ground, and, of course, he tried to do this in federal court. I understand you had a kind of unique model for funding your defense.