Hi everyone. I'm a long time lurker in need of some legal advice. My GF has started a tiny crafts business making plushies. She's set up a website and has a DA account and so far she has sold one plushie.
Today she got an email from a man claiming that her designs were similar to his and that her business name was copyright already and that if she didn't stop selling her designs that he would pursue legal action against her.
This has shaken her up quite a bit and I'm at a loss as to what help to offer her. The man hasn't provided a link to his designs so we can't compare them and I've told her not to respond yet until we have a better grasp of how to proceed.
I really doubt that he could have a claim to her copying his designs. They're just ice lollys with smiley faces on them in a Japanese cutsie style. The sort of thing you might see on packaging all across Asia.
As for the name. I don't know how to validate his claims but a simple google search has revealed nothing.
What should I tell her? Should she ask him to show her evidence of claimed design theft? Please help!