That explains perhaps some of your bulino talent.
I also think we all had more time in the 70's, could be our age but I think we all where more Zen, or at least we thought we were.
So your primary school education was the Academy? as you don't tell about that in the interview archive.
It could be that the most powerful enity here in the USofA could be of service to those of you who have copywrited material being copied. The 3 credit agencies used by nearly every lender-Send the bill for using your work-they dont pay file report following these guidelines http://www.ehow.com/how_5006093_report-bad-debt-credit-bureau.html-most all of us have lic and perhaps a few min doing the paperwork could seriously discourage un-reimbersed infringments. Credit agencies have more power than the government-just a thought-Fred
Copying designs happens all the time, least they signed it with their name & not phils?
If its just a one off copy for their own use or a friend ect and not an attempt to run a business out of it ie: pretend they can do this for a company to order... then i can`t see what the fuss is about to be honest.
All the best get copied "jewellery,clothing,watches.....) and it is in their best interests as once they stop being copied they are no longer a name.
I would take it as a compliment, not everyone can design, & to take on a design like a phil coggan it takes abit of skill and hard effort i would imagine.
I doubt throwing toys out of the pram over it is necessary, at the end of the day, those in the "know" will recognise the design and name and figure it out.
If the guy gets a job to design from scratch he won`t be able to.. or maybe he can? maybe he just loved that design so much he wanted to try....
Like i said, so long as not to make money on the same scale with it or pretend that they have designed it i can`t see a big deal.
By the way, i never copy anyones designs knowingly except maybe a partial part for practice, to get the idea that i can then develop (maybe)
Lighten up a bit big boys, your business and reputation is safe.
If the guy had signed it falsely, now that would be abit different...
Anyway, ask first if for a "job", maybe they take some % commision for the design, or just try a part for your own practice so you can develop the idea yourself.......