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Is Dutch Fashion House Oilily Guilty of Plagiarism?
They say ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’, but children’s toy designer Rosa Pomar isn’t smiling about the recent unauthorized copying of her signature hand-made dolls by major Dutch fashion brand Oilily. Rosa, a Portuguese children’s toy designer, recently came across a doll that bore an uncanny resemblance to one she created and has been marketing online since 2004. Rosa’s bonecos (dolls) are beautifully hand-detailed soft toys made from fabrics bursting with color, and bearing what she thought were trademark details such as daisy eyes and a stitched harelip smile. Oilily’s new copycat doll is almost EXACTLY the same as Rosa’s trademarked doll – raising a serious quandary for a young, independent designer: what do you do when a major brand appears to blatantly rip you off?
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