You have this vision. You turn your vision into reality...and execute with perfection. But what happens when someone else has the same vision or perhaps even steals your idea? The issue of copy right and who's idea belongs to whom is a controversial one in today's entertainment industry, and certainly not an uncommon scenario. Remember Laze, the artist part of The Trinity and Gifted Miinds? He has a story that I feel beyond compelled to share with you...
"Artist Wale said in mid March 2013 that he had an album dropping called "The Gifted". We tried to contact him via twitter saying "Wale you should purchase our ORIGINAL Gifted Snap for your album cover" along with a picture of our design since our hat said "Gifted", we were trying to reach out in a positive manner. He never replied, even though we didn't expect him to. A month later after the tweet he releases a picture through his instagram of a "Gifted" snapback created by Nicky Diamonds who is a very similar look to our snapbacks that's been in the market for over a year (see pictures). Our fans, members and followers online started to bash him for the look alike hat, not only the look alike but more because of him trying to start a Gifted movement that exist, talking about signing artist and embracing the Gifted this year. Artist Wale then replied via Instagram claiming " They just wrote the title of my album on a snapback bruh..Don't be one of those weirdos..i"mma busy man…etc" (see pictures). He ignored the fact the hats do in fact look alike, and the fact his album title is "The Gifted" not "Gifted" is what makes this a coincidence. His fans started to defend him, but once they seen our hats, pictures, and dates they began to agree with us and view the situation from our point of view, and that his hats are a real look-alike (see pictures). Once it began to get viral designer Nicky Diamond also responded(see picture) using their fame to belittle us saying " haha .. i have never seen or heard of your brand". We did not do it for publicity, ignorance, but for a stand on what we have been building the last few years. If and when these hats go on retail for $30, $35 they will be over charging on what they claim to be just a "word", easy money huh? But when we sell and ship around the world for $25 flat and add more to that "word" with our pyramids it seems unfair to our following, our business, our creative artist and mostly the customers buying. When that word has more of a value, appearance and meaning to us more than anyone."
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