Copyright War: After receiving a letter from Sevenarts Ltd with respect to the copyright infringement of the Erte’s Illustrations stating usage of its design and a warning that “Crafters who violate this understanding and offer products bearing Erté designs commercially will be liable to prosecution under the laws of the USA” Clarity Stamp offers customers who bought the stamps for commercial use refunds with Postage and Packaging

Here is the recent statement from Clarity Stamp with respect to the copyright infringement of Erte’s Illustrations.

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You will be aware of issues around a breach of copyright regarding some of our old Erté images. I have been in direct contact with Mr Perman, the owner of Sevenarts Ltd. who own the copyright, and I am delighted to be able to share the following news with you. The gentleman has kindly agreed to allow buyers to continue to use the Erté stamps and plates for personal use, just not to make cards to sell (commercial use). I imagine that most of us will be glad to hear this, because the designs really are lovely! Should you have bought these stamps with the intention of using them commercially, then I do apologise. The best that I can offer is that you return them to us at Claritystamp, for a full refund, incl. P&P. Here is the letter I have received from Mr Perman:

“The designs used on the Erte stamps are a violation of the IP rights of Sevenarts Ltd the owners of the copyright of the artist Erté (Romain de Tirtoff). These stamps have been withdrawn from sale and the remaining inventory has been destroyed. In view of the small numbers involved Sevenarts has authorised continued use by crafters of these designs but only for personal use and not for commerce. Crafters who violate this understanding and offer products bearing Erté designs commercially will be liable to prosecution under the laws of the USA where Sevenarts Ltd is situated and where the specific designs are registered. ”

Here are the images in question:

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