Copyright case shows art, retail can be difficult mix
Painter settles copyright claim with TJX’s HomeGoods
Tom Fleming began receiving the kind of e-mails that every artist dreams of: They were from people who purchased his work and wanted more . But there was a problem — Fleming’s fans had bought the pieces at California HomeGoods stores and he had no idea the chain was selling his paintings. Amost two years later — following a legal battle that pitted a small-town artist against a major retail outlet and art supplier — the artist recently settled a copyright infringement case for more than $10,000.