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Fab Yanks Items Made By Alleged Design Pirate Cody Foster

Speaking out works, even when lawsuits can't.

In response to our article about Cody Foster & Co., a company accused of pirating the designs of online artists and selling them as their own creations, Fab.com has come forward to say that they will no longer be selling items from the Nebraska-based wholesaler.

In a statement to Fast Company, a Fab.com spokesperson said:

An essential element of Fab’s mission is supporting and promoting independent designers and makers. Our favorite success stories are about designers whose lives have been changed through their relationships with Fab – the ones who have been able to quit their day jobs and dedicate their time fully to design, or to open a studio, or hire more people.

We take the rights of designers very seriously.

It was brought to our attention this week that a supplier with whom we have worked, Cody Foster & Co, may have infringed on the work of independent artists and designers. In the past we have offered a few items from Cody Foster, and many months ago, we placed an order for a selection of ornaments and decorations to sell in our upcoming holiday décor shop.

The Fab team has removed the three Cody Foster items that were live on the site, and has pulled all Cody Foster products from the upcoming décor shop.

While these items will not be offered for sale on Fab, some Cody Foster products may appear in environmental images that were shot for the site well before we were made aware of this issue.

Additionally, we invite any designers, artists, or makers who are interested in designing holiday decor for us to please email us at decorbuyer@fab.com - we’d love to explore working together.

Other retail partners of Cody Foster & Co. include Nordstrom, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Terrain. Fab.com is not the first retail partner to yank Cody Foster wares in response to allegations: Brooklyn design retailer West Elm had previously publicly divorced itself from Cody Foster after hearing about the allegations.

To read more about Cody Foster & Co, and what to do about design piracy, see our previous article here.

[Illustration by Christian Labrooy]

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3 Comments

  • Dave McClinton

    Will Fab now seek out the original designers and give the a leg up? Hmmm? Fab?

  • Ian Staples

    I wonder if Google could create a place for designers to register their designs?

    It would work by comparing the design to be registered with a data base of designs previously registered. Designs that show up as similar would be checked by real people. If a design was found to be unique it would get a Google Design Registration Mark certifying that it is unique on the Google Design Database. To work it would need to become routine for all new designs to be registered in this way across the world!

    Then if a retailer is looking at new products they could ask that all new product designs have been registered with the database of Google Designs. If a product has been registered the retailer could feel reasonably safe that nobody's work is being pirated.

  • Maritimer1

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Crooks like Cody Foster and his sister need to be brought to task and, if they won't play fair, not allowed to do business.