A unique and progressive music video is created and published to the world. Immediately, this video is available to viewers in North America, Europe, Asia, basically anywhere with an internet connection. One of these viewers, in one of these geographic locales, (apparently) decides to use major elements of that video in his or her own work, which (apparently) is advertising.
It's important to note that the type of access described above is one factor that is driving the increasing levels of copyright infringement - anyone, anywhere can access copyrighted material immediately and on a whim, and can then knock it off in the comfort of their own home or secret lab or what-have-you. Have the Finnish yoghurt-slingers below run afoul of the law?
Having been a follower of YTWWN for years it's strange and depressing to find myself able to post on it with perhaps one of the worst thefts I've seen. I would love to hear any defense from anyone involved on how this wasn't plagiarism but really can't imagine any justification.
So, in January I made Graham Coxon's video for his song "What'll it Take", it was an original idea by me - with some elements based on an even older video of mine from 4 years ago. It was a small budget video and I did all the post myself, it was a real labour of love.
Here's my video:
Kennel Helsinki made this commercial last month directed by Miikka Lommi for a yoghurt called "Jacky Duetto". It not only stole every technique (cut up fan footage forming a new person, looping footage to extend limbs, squares of footage then rising into the sky) but even camera angles (e.g multiple footage person being obscured by lamppost/tree, seeing ball out of high rise window):
Kennel Helsinki, Miikka Lommi, Jack Duetto or the ad agency have never been in contact with me ever. I only found out about this when someone happened to see it on TV whilst on holiday in Finland and tweeted it to me!
My friend stumbled upon this little gem and sent it my way:
The title of the album is an obvious rip of the logo I created for my college grad show back in 2009:
The idea behind the logo is not that unique, but the logo was silk screened and converted to a vector and has a very unique grunge look. If the designer who saw this thought it was so creative, they should have gone and reproduced it, not copy and pasted it.
I have never had to deal with an issue like this before as most of my art stays off the net, but this logo was all over facebook. This obviously isn't a big name artist, but they are using my logo on their album cover and not crediting me or my design team in any way. Ridiculous!
Here are the the original 'Drops Like Stars' covers designed with diagonal line, and exploding flowers using liquid nitrogen: (Hardcover copyright and published in 2009 by Zondervan.)
Above: A fan-made video for Sam Sparro's 2009 song "Black and Gold", done by Kris Martinez. Underneath: rue21's new tee design.
This specific font was even called out in the comments of the YouTube video.
I designed a poster for Disney's Tron Legacy about 2 years ago, completely self-initiated or "fan art", something I created out of a love of the style. Well, the images below basically tell the story. It recently came to my attention that the poster was taken and used to promote a big rave event in Brazil called Kaballah & Euphoria. Very blatant, just took my image without permission and used it as promotion. Total theft.
According to the source code, the site was created by Atash Design. Numerous emails have been sent to these people and to the event promoters with no effect or reply.
The Signalnoise Tron Legacy poster
The website for Kaballah & Euphoria
Zhang Jingna, also known as Zemotion on many art sites, is a professional photographer. One of her most popular pictures is a piece she calls "Redemption":
A while ago, it was brought to her attention that a female metal band by the name of "Forever Slave" had taken this artwork, thrown a filter over it, and had drawn the body on for their cover of their album "Tales for Bad Girls":
Zhang knows of the theft, and you can read her response to it here: http://zemotion.deviantart.com/art/Redemption-52628727 . And here is a journal of hers linking to other works that were stolen: http://zemotion.deviantart.com/journal/19677587/
She sent a cease and desist, but was never gotten back to. She says she does not have the funds or the time to pursue it. Blatant thieves like this disappoint me.
I was shopping on the Pac Sun website today and recently came across a tee shirt logo that I know I have seen before... Except that it said "Hurley".
The Frequency is a privately owned, live music venue in Madison WI. A really cool place with good owners... My band played there about a year ago. You can see their logo on their Facebook page...
While the un-creative graphic designer used his own poorly balanced script for the font, the rest of the layout is a shocking ripoff, even right down to the use of the lightning bolts.
It's a very shameless ripoff of a cool logo. The artist at Hurley should be fired for such a blatant and shameless rip off. Shame on Hurley.
YTWWN SAYS: Im letting this post go up as a 'what not to do' the case here is that they have both sourced the same image or both ripped of the same photographer. Also note there is no such thing as 'google stock image'
A logo i made for our band 'Tribal Vibe' www.tribalvibe.com It has now been stolen and used as a Rage Against The Machine T-Shirt. Apparently for their most recent gig too.
i was looking through the NME magazine and saw the tshirt wiht our DVD cover. imagine my surprise!!!
The original photo comes from google stock image and was edited in a specific way to make the DVD cover.
Here is the Original Design from Tribal Vibe with the rip off tshirt design added in the bottom corner.
here is the link to the original tribal vibe Cover. it shows the date the image was uploaded
and there is the link to the RATM TShirt