Local designer Kristin Berwald of steampunk-inspired jewelry line Bionic Unicorn recently came across another designer named Nim Lang whose designs looked strikingly similar to some of hers. Our assessment: they look like downright copies. Here is a side-by-side comparison compiled by Kristin:
Fortunately, there is good news for Kristin. Kristin updated the post with the news that "thanks to the help of my friends and administrators at the websites where Nim Lam is located, the copied items have been removed." However, it still raises an important point - most of the time, independent designers have little to no recourse to protect their intellectual property.