According to El Universal, the particular way in which the native towns of Mexico view the world has been depicted in their art and crafts. However, several corporations have exploited their creations over the years, and now one stands accused of copyright infringement and iconography theft.
Artisans from the town of Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo, have filed a lawsuit against two large corporations. Adalberto Flores and Angélica Martínez, his wife, have accused Nestlé México of using their designs without authorization in the corporation’s own products.
Among the classic Hidalgo designs are a deer, a hummingbird, and an armadillo, which are featured in a set of collectible teacups for their product Chocolate Abuelita.
The teacups were launched in 2014. Since September 2016, the artisans are pursuing a lawsuit against Nestlé before the Mexican Office of the Attorney General for alleged copyright infringement. In order for the lawsuit to proceed, they had to register their embroideries before the National Copyright Institute.
Other artisans from this Otomi community have also recently been victims of alleged infringement by a Spanish company, which has generated profits from the embroideries Tenango de Doria is famous for.
The Mango corporation sells garments for $1,599 MXN and $899 MXN with designs allegedly taken from the artisans’ embroideries.
Kenia Montiel, Undersecretary of Social Engagement and Artisan Promotion of the Ministry of Social Development, says the inhabitants of Tenango de Doria share a unique worldview which the legal area of the Ministry is currently analyzing to join the artisans in filing a lawsuit before the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
And last year, the website Change.org also filed a petition for a clothing brand to stop using the heritage of Mexico’s textile artisans.
Internet user Claudia Muñóz published that the brand Rapsodia was taking advantage of the opportunity inequality and markets so the creators couldn’t sell products at fair prices.
And another case took place at the end of 2015, when French designer Isabel Marant was subjected to a scandal after she reproduced the huipil embroidery of the indigenous Mixe people of the Santa María Tlahuitoltepec to use in one of her blouses.
When the company Antik Batik took Marant before the courts, the designer acknowledged the Mixe influence of her design. Isabel Marant took down the blouses from shop windows – which sold at $290 USD each.
“They need to be sold, but the production, the profits, should be for the Mixe people, not for other people or companies,” said at that time Carmelitana Vázquez, manager of education and cultural affairs of Tlahuitoltepec.
more recommended stories
Domingo Dzul Poot, the dean of Maya storytellers, dies at 94
Merida, Yucatan, (July 28, 2021).- The State.
First shipments with humanitarian aid from Mexico set sail for Cuba
MEXICO, (July 28, 2021).- This week,.
So far this year, a total of 21 homicides have been officially registered in Yucatan
Merida Yucatan; July 289, 2021 (ACOM) .-.
Casa Itzamná will instruct in the sustainable management of the Melipona bee in Cobá, Quintana Roo
Tulum, Quintana Roo, (July 28, 2021).
The Felipe Carrillo Puerto-Tulum section of the Maya Train will have free Wi-Fi
QUINTANA ROO, (July 28, 2021) .-.
Report reveals that Mérida’s expansion model is not financially viable in the long term
Mérida, Yucatán, (July 28, 2021).- The.
Joey Jordison: Slipknot founding drummer dies aged 46
The former drummer of US heavy.
The Yucatan Times and Hennessy’s Irish Pub invite you to “buy a drink for Raul”
The Yucatan Times and Hennessy’s Irish.
Campeche loses 2,000 hectares of mangroves a year, reveals biologist César Romero
CAMPECHE, (July 28, 2021).- Data from.
People of Homún stand firm in their defense of water and Cenotes
Homún, Yucatán, (July 28, 2021) .-.