In our everyone's-connected era, there are an increasing number of 'right-click cowboys' that scour the internet for works to use on product such as clothing. All too often, they fail to seek a license from the artist to use the works. The below appears to be one such example.
DEAR YOU THOUGHT WE WOULDN'T NOTICE:
I recently discovered through a friend, that runs the fantastic site Sick for Cute website about a stolen design, when she unknowingly bought the stock for her shop.
The company involved in the stolen design is an LA company by the name of E-Klah. They're selling a blythe shirt where the original image was based off my original painting as you see below.
My original design on the left and the copy on the right
(right image courtesy of Sick for Cute)
I've emailed E-Klah but haven't heard a word back yet.
I actually wrote to them saying it's uncouth to steal but I thought the designer involved did a really great job with my original design, which to be honest, had a pretty mellow life up to this point. In my email I said I would love to work with them in the future.
It's a little bit sad that after a week they haven't emailed me back. The best outcome for me would be a positive one where we could work together with total transparency. Failing that, if all that comes out of this, is that people are wearing a design that started off in my brain, then I can go to bed smiling
I rang the distributor Tempo Australia and after one phone call they have decided to try and get away with it. No response to emails and no returning of phone calls.
Very disappointing, and they we wouldn't notice!!
Rip Off: http://www.blnts.com/eng/CMBlock/blue.cfm
Please post this, seeing how it's an entire line of clothing. Disgusting.
This post originally appeared on Fuck You Ripper
Hey guys. This is the first post on FYR and boy do we have a doozy right out of the gate. Meet Brandon Day. Brandon is a "graphic designer" from Kentucky who owns and operates a clothing company called Invocation.
Brandon's body count includes tracing artwork, stealing entire designs, and even stealing code from competitor's websites.
It should be noted that it would be hard to find any remaining evidence against Brandon because once he knew the art community was on to him, he dumped everything and shut down his store. Luckily we were able to get facebook to shutdown his page and get screen shots of everything before it was deleted. Lets take a look!
Matthew Skiff did this design for Ruckus Apparel. Brandon Day live traced the skull and deleted the pupil and spade.
I am sorry to say that I believe my friendly neighborhood cafe ripped off their logo (right) from the Rocket Dog shoe logo (left). Can't say for sure since I don't know how long the shoe logo has been in use, but Rocket Dog predates the cafe as an entity by about 10 years.
What do you think? It's clearly not just a cut-and-paste job but it's so, so similar I can't believe it's just a coincidence.
Jordan Buckley from Every Time I die, guitarist and talented visual artist, is selling a shirt with the sons of anarchy logo (w slightly more detail) and trying to pass it off as an original. Got pretty mad when I pointed it out haha.
Original by Freddy Corbin (tattoo artist):
But we did! Yes, folks...Jacqueline's bratty daughter with the entitled attitude, Ashley Holmes, from The Real Housewives of New Jersey ripped off Marion Bolognesi's artwork as her own. You can see this for yourself on Season 3's Episode titled "Auld Lang Syne for an Eye."
Marion's Original Piece
Black Milk Clothing out of Australia have been making leggings and swimsuits with images on them. Many of the images seem to be appropriated from VERY well known artists - who I gather would be IMPOSSIBLE to buy rights from for such applications. There are more examples on their site than just the below but i thought it was a good starting point to see how a business has become successful (they have more than 15,000 facebook fans and seem to sell A LOT of product) off the back of other people's art.
These Star Wars referenced characters which made HUGE rounds in tech circles this year seem to have been taken off their store (no doubt due to the IP power & threats from LucasArts), but many many comments on their facebook page from the staff and fans say that you can still order it by ordering a different item and putting in the comments that you'd like the R2D2 design instead.
The Dali image - and correct me if i'm wrong - would never be sold by anyone authorized to sell it - especially to sell on a commercial product without licensing - which i'd gather from the varied selection of famous artists they have works from - Black Milk don't buy. Product Page
Finally: Theophile Steinlen - Product Page
There are actually a bunch more - look for the Jaws Ripoff, Venus, Uncle Sam and more. I don't know how long they'll continue to get away with producing such works or if any repercussions will come of it, but it really isn't right. Thoughts?