Kokka/Helen Dardik Update

I knew the alleged Kokka copying of a Helen Dardik design had to be a fluke — Kokka has a great reputation for integrity, and they have an abundance of original, insanely talented, and forward-thinking designers. Copying is just way, way below them.

I received a copy of an email exchange with Kokka from a shop owner who lodged a complaint and returned her bolt of fabric. Kokka replied that the design was purchased from an outside contracted designer, that they will be taking the print off the market and destroying remaining stock, and will be implementing more stringent standards in the future.

This was a swift and decisive action from Kokka. I don’t know whether Helen will be compensated in any way, but this is far more than you get from most allegations of copyright infringement.

5 Comments

  1. Cathy A says:

    That’s an interesting and “swift”, as you say, response. Kind of sad to think of the remaining stock being destroyed, though. Wouldn’t it be nice if they sent it to an orphanage somewhere or something?

  2. shannon says:

    Kudos to you for highlighting this in your blog (and writing to Kokka) and kudos to the shop owner for taking that kind of action!!! :) Really, you guys are fantastic!

    Also, I’m glad that Kokka responded so quickly and that they will be applying more stringent standards in the future. Good for them

    I am, however, sad to hear that the fabric will be destroyed. (Waste of resources and just think of people who could really use it!) I was wondering if they could either: 1) Sell the fabric, but compensate Helen Dardik appropriately for the use of her design; or 2) Give the fabric to Helen Dardik and let her sell the fabric and make money from it?

    Again, great job guys!!! :)

  3. Jen says:

    My respect for Kokka has shot up a million times.

    They can’t pull it from the market and then donate it to something. That would defeat the purpose of pulling it in the first place, which is to honour someone’s copyright (even if it is a nice thought, though nothing prevents us from donating our own time, money and work to worthy causes).

    Yay Kokka!

  4. Penny says:

    Horray!! That is really nice to know that Kokka has integrity. Makes me sure to want to purchase their wonderful fabrics in the future. Too bad the print couldn’t have been printed through the original designer though. I wonder if they would ever consider doing that now, after all this?
    p.s. LOVE the new look of true up!

  5. Betsy says:

    Good for Kokka. I imagine that with the sheer amount of people designing amazing patterns that keeping an eye out for copies must be an enormous task. It’s good to see that when there is a slip they are quick to correct it.