Zen and the Art of Copyright Infringement


Today’s submission alleges a theft of hand. Buddha’s hand, to be exact. The law is pretty clear that one shouldn’t palm off the art of others, even if the palm itself is the art, and the palming-off is in the guise of “inspiration.”

See below and ask yourself: “What would Buddha do?”



A company, Artistic Revolt, based in Atlanta (http://www.art3k.com/) is selling cliche clothing which is stealing art from CRYPTIK who is based in Los Angeles (www.cryptik.com). They made tshirts from CRYPTIK’s well known ‘Palm of Buddha’ piece and they began selling it on Karmaloop. The link on Karmaloop has since come down due to public pressure online, but Artistic Revolt refuses to acknowledge its fraudulent business practices. They also have plans to steal more images from another street artist EDDIE COLLA based in San Francisco, according to the business partners Instagram account.

Virgin Blak rips off Death/Traitors


Typical t-shirt motifs like skulls and birds and the like are subject to strong copyright protection so long as they are not technical depictions of the naturally-occurring thing (such as a very accurate depiction of a skull that looks like the skull that is actually holding your brains in right now). In the below example, it appears as if someone liked someone else’s motif, and helped themselves.

A twist in this case is that the alleged offender is overseas. With the internet being what it is and how it is, a dude with a dial-up connection in some remote island in Micronesia can just as easily knock you off as the guy trawling the aisles of the latest trade show with his spy camera. What the internet taketh, it also giveth back, though – the reader (it is assumed) was able to identify the alleged knock-off artist after the KOA posted the infringing item online.



I run an independent clothing label called Death/Traitors, and was shocked to have someone email me a link to South Korean label Virgin Blak. The photo speaks for itself, they didn’t even bother to take my brand name off the stolen design!!!!!

From the Files of AttorneyScott – Barney’s Turns to the Blogosphere for the Perfect Ad

AttorneyAnnie here, bringing you another installment of possible content thievery from AttorneyScott’s files. Here we go.

You may have heard about the new designer shoe floor at Barney’s–men’s and women’s designer shoes on the same floor for the first time in Madison Avenue history! Or something like that. Barney’s has been heavily promoting this new shoe floor with a lovely marketing campaign called “Perfect Pairs,” complete with a “Perfect Pairs: Love Letters” campaign on the Barney’s blog and proceeds from pricey shoe sales going to the Human Rights Campaign and its Americans for Marriage Equality Program.  It’s actually quite adorable. And admirable.

What’s also adorable–but possibly not as admirable–is Barneys’ new Perfect Pairs logo, shown above. Linear illustration, two shoes back to back, a classic man’s shoe, a classic woman’s pump, set directly above a line of text, the choice of words.

And what’s this, above? This is the at least two-year-old logo of The Perfect Pairing–a street style Tumblr created by a New Yorker with an eye for fabulous footwear. Linear illustration, two shoes back to back, a classic man’s shoe, a classic woman’s pump, set directly above a line of text, the choice of words.  Maybe it’s pure coincidence?

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