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VISA ad campaign = student work, Beckmans College of Design.

Doesn’t a professional studio have some obligation to not plagiarise another work, particularly that of students, when they are commissioned to create work by an international company such as Visa?

I have recently found the VISA ad campaign, by Tin&Ed which looks strangely familiar in both approach and aesthetic, to the 1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.

The problem here is not so much the use of the technique, which historically has been utilised as far back as the 15th Century by early Renaissance (The Ambassadors’ (1533), Hans Holbein the Younger. National Gallery, London.), but rather that the approach and aesthetic of the piece is so alike that of the students work.

The 1+1=3 project was created by Petter Prinz, Andreas Lewandowski, Linn Mork, Martin Wågnert, John Falk Rodén, Samuel Nilsson and Kalle Hagman, students at the Beckmans College of Design.

Tin&Ed for VISA
Tin&Ed VISA ad.
1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.
1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.
1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.
1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.
1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.
1+1 = 3 project by final-year students in Product Design at Beckmans College of Design.

Cut Copy in a Leaky Boat

split-enz-1

It was recently pointed out that one of my favorite songs by the 80′s New Wave flamboyant band Split Enz, ‘Six Months in a Leaky Boat’ was directly sampled and copied by Cut Copy. No pun intended.

Cut Copy’s ‘Feel the Love’, has the same riff. The exact ‘riff battle’ that got Men At Work into trouble for using the flute riff from the children’s tune ‘Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gumtree’.

How does Cut Copy just ‘cut the crap copy’, get away with producing hipster music mimicking the 80′s electro style, to appease the mind-less fashionisters of the 2009. Is this what we call copyright infringement in music!

Cut Copy, \’Feel the Love\’

Split Enz, \’Six Months In A Leaky Boat\’