Inktober Book Plagerism Accusations



  • @ajillustrates I remember a video where he was showing off people's physical Inktober projects, like books and stuff. There was a cool one that was a big drawing, and it was on a long accordion fold out I think. Can't remember if they had the logo on them or not.



  • @NessIllustration I don't remember the exact words but he did not discourage it . Also, it is not the logo design that is trademarked but the word.



  • I want to say a quick thank you to Jake for all of his amazing classes here on SVS and all of the awesome videos on his YouTube channel. They really have gotten me through some low confidence moments and they have improved my skills immensely! I love Inktober and I’m so grateful that he started it! This will be my third year and I am a junior in high school. I loved his robotics and Machinery class and his creative environment design class. I don’t think I’ve ever improved as much in my drawing skills as I did when I took his How to Draw Everything class and his Drawing Animals class. Jake is a genuine person who wants to help artists, and it makes me sad that this has happened. I am very excited for Inktober this year and I hope that all can get sorted out.
    Thank you so much for all you’ve done Jake! Hang in there!



  • @jimsz Whether trademarked or copyright protected, the Inktober site is fairly clear: "Please don’t use the INKTOBER logo, unless you have written permission or license to do so." Since the Standard Character Mark covers all uses of the word trademarked, regardless of how it looks, I think it's safe to say that extends to the logo by default.



  • https://youtu.be/AQ9pO_saYG8

    I wish this video was made earlier!



  • @ajillustrates said in Inktober Book Plagerism Accusations:

    @jimsz Whether trademarked or copyright protected, the Inktober site is fairly clear: "Please don’t use the INKTOBER logo, unless you have written permission or license to do so." Since the Standard Character Mark covers all uses of the word trademarked, regardless of how it looks, I think it's safe to say that extends to the logo by default.

    The word inktober is trademarked and since it is in the logo, it is trademarked there as well. However, many companies will also file a separate trademark for a specific logo design. In this case that has not been done. Copyright has nothing to do with this.

    As for the logo, they were made available for years for artists to use without disclaimer or credit asked for. Look into the the old pages at Archive.org.



  • @jimsz Yes - you are correct. Other than my "copyright protected" flub, we're in full agreement. However, I still haven't been able to find a webpage encouraging the use of the logo, even using Archive.org. One thing that I haven't been able to easily clear up, but you may be able to, is whether trademarks extend backward. Meaning, would artworks for sale using the Inktober name or branding be in violation if they were produced before the filing or registration date?


  • SVS OG

    @davidhohn @jimsz @pixel-dsp Thanks, guys! This was educational. You have a point, though very similar, it is technically not illegal to start your own inktober-like challenge online.

    I don't like people capitalizing on the downfall of inktober but this Atelier might've planned on launching this new challenge even before the new controversy started and have no ill intentions. I guess it's wrong of me to immediately assume that they're somewhat trying to take advantage of the situation.



  • @ajillustrates said in Inktober Book Plagerism Accusations:

    would artworks for sale using the Inktober name or branding be in violation if they were produced before the filing or registration date?

    The way it was explained to me, it can extend back so to speak. If the item were still being sold/used when the trademark is obtained the trademark owner can enforce their trademark. However, don't forget that more than one person can own a trademark on the same word/name under different classifications so that is another set of circumstances to deal with.



  • @jimsz Awesome - thanks for the clarification!



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  • Hello everyone! Chose to step back for a while from the social media to prepare for this year's Inktober. Not to mention my weekend trip to Michigan was more important. Amazing experience! I am back with a vivid creative account.

    Today, I would wish everyone the best of the best. Do your creative thing without let opposing viewpoints to oppress your personal choices.

    Yes, I know already how many will ask the same questions that have been asked over the past weeks "Have you seen xxx video?" and "Did you know Jake trademarked Inktober before?".

    Screw them. Jake is Jake. If you know him, show him some respect, if no, let him be, and they should solve as mature adults the problem.

    So, let's do it, INKTOBER 2020!



  • @jthomas Thanks for the heads up! Just had a check online and looks like Blackwells (UK) will be sending out copies on Oct 20th. Yay!!! Looking forward to recieving my Inktober book! 🙂



  • any infos on when the book will come out now?



  • @Molambo I received an email from Indigo (Canadian book chain) saying my order was cancelled. But no mention of why or what.



  • I just double checked and it seems listings online have either been removed or post as sold out... 😔 not sure what’s going on it’d be nice to get an update though



  • @Molambo I've not received any updates, but on checking Blackwell's site it now says 1 Dec for dispatch. 😐


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