Should I be flattered? Or annoyed? Is it worth being bothered? Or not? It was a student project after all.
I checked out the guy's site, his design work is pretty good, I really like some of his projects, so it's kind of a shame that he doesn't resort to his own design skills completely. Although he did add the legs to the main body, I don't know, maybe it's just a coincidence!
I'm with UF here. You really can't do much but email him and ask nicely to either be acknowledged for inspiration or to kindly take it off the web. It simply looks WAY too much like your model. You have a classic model. He probrably just created this model using some ideas he picked up sub-consciously from looking at yours some day. Its just too similar to be an absolute coincidence.
Marshall has some excellent points--I would point out there is a group on copyright matters here at NPT (we haven't done much with the group, but plenty of people who struggle with the issue).
If the "Bearies" model were a release from a business, I think you would have reason to take the gloves off and throw down. As a student project, I think this is "adapting a source material" and not plagiarism. Conceptually, this is not a papertoy but rather a package, and serves a very distinctly different purpose--though I don't know if that makes a difference to the conversation.
If it were my own circumstance, I might contact the individual to point out you are aware of their work, and make clear that you are interested in retaining what rights you have to it. Mainly just point out that you are protective of your intellectual property and observant.
When you've got a good thing, Ben, people want a piece of it!
And I should add, you are generous enough to Share It--don't let them Take It.
well really with my understanding of copyright there is nothing really illegal going on, even a design level patent would likely not cover this. There could be some inspiration from Speakerdog, but without confirmation from the creator i can not know for sure.
one thing i noticed is that unless I'm missing something this model has no bottom!, meaning any granola put in it would fall right out!