From Hen House Press:
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
I understand that imitation (copying) is the sincerest form of flattery, but imitation without attribution, license, or compensation is really just theft, isn’t it? Crown Business has launched its latest blockbuster with what looks like my cover design. It did not seek my permission. It gave me no attribution. It did not offer or pay compensation. Shouldn’t Crown Business (part of Crown Publishing, part of Random House, part of Bertelsmann) come up with its own original designs? Don’t its designers warranty that their work is original? Is it really entitled to take my cover design and claim it as its own, if that is what it did?
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So I reached out to the nice folks at Crown Business and was immediately referred to the legal department at Random House, where a very nice woman and attorney named Min Lee provided me with a one-line response to my inquiry. On June 4, 2013, she wrote: “I am in receipt of your letter, and we’ll review your claim and respond shortly.” I did not hear back from her.
Link to the rest at Hen House Press