I’ve just read in JCK online that Sterling Jewelers, maker of the
Jane Seymour “Open Hearts” collection is suing two companies over
Sterling Jewelers filed suit in federal court against two
companies which it says have infringed on the copyrighted
designs of its popular Open Hearts by Jane Seymour jewelry
line, which is the protected work of the actress and artist,
the company says.
Sterling Jewelers filed separate actions against ULTRA Stores,
currently in Chapter 11, and Gold Star Jewelry. The actions
allege the two companies copied, reproduced, distributed and
sold unauthorized copies of Sterling’s product.
Sterling filed the complaint against GoldStar in the United
States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The action against ULTRA was filed in the United States
Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
The complaints ask that ULTRA and GoldStar stop copying,
reproducing and distributing the copyrighted designs and
provide damages to Sterling.
I find this a little intriguing because in the adverts; Jane Seymour
states quite clearly that she would like the “Open Hearts” design to
become an international symbol. I was thinking how could that happen
unless she was offering the design as open sourced or free to use.
What do others think about this? Do you feel this is duplicitous?