The Filipino is no stranger to intellectual property right infringements (can you say pirated DVD?). Take a walk through Greenhills or Divisoria and you can have your very own Louis Vuitton bag for an atom of the price of the original (of course it's probably spelled as Luis Viton, but let's not nitpick). And every Jhun, Bhoy and Bhoyet are decked in Von Dutch with Nike baller bracelets. So why the furor over Bayo copying a few designs from a Japanese woman and then passing it off as their own?
Maybe it's because the average consumer (at least I know I do) thinks that copying and plagiarizing is something supposedly done by the little people in order to get back at the big industries or that it really won't make that much of a difference in the long run. I mean I'm sure we all think that buying one DVD from Makati Cinema Square won't really make a dent in Julia Roberts' net income, seeing that she's worth billions and all. Or that buying a Fendi bag in Tutuban is synonymous to putting one over those Italian houses because they've priced everything so ridiculously high that you need a recording contract just to be able to afford a keychain.
It's stupid I know, but it's one way of balancing the scale between the haves and the have-nots.
So when an established company like Bayo rips off designs from an illustrator it not only reeks of arrogance, but moreso of stupidity. I mean come on, they really didn't think they'd get away with it right? Haven't they ever heard of the internet? When one is a big company like Bayo (which ironically espouses creativity, can you believe it?) one should be anal about things like these. Things that could possibly bite you in the behind or slap you with a nasty lawsuit.
The funny thing is that the Bayo fiasco is not the only copyright infringement debacle ongoing today. There's another issue of a local band (Session Road) copying a song from a Brit(?) band. Again, a lawsuit is in the horizon.
What's up with that?!