Member association Acid (Anti-Copying in Design) has come out in support of homewear designer Rachael Taylor’s legal action against Marks & Spencer.
The pressure group, which seeks protection for designers’ intellectual property, is calling on M&S to sign up to its voluntary code of conduct.
Taylor, who is a member of Acid, revealed last week she was taking legal action against the retailer after “strikingly similar” designs appeared on clothing without her permission.
Although M&S responded by apologising and saying it had already withdrawn the offending items, Taylor said she was pursuing a legal course “as not only has my design been used for profit without my permission, I believe in standing up for the civil rights of myself and anyone else who has encountered this in their own professional life.”
She added: “It’s really important to raise awareness, to stop this happening to other independent designers.”
Chief executive of Acid Dids Macdonald has now waded into the row, calling on M&S to sign up to the voluntary code “as a demonstration of goodwill” and to adopt IP guidelines for design buyers to avoid similar incidents in future.
She has already approached M&S’ director of corporate social responsibility Richard Gillies with her request and to “find a satisfactory solution to this infringement”.
An M&S spokeswoman declined to comment further.