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
MC Escher as well – same comments as on Dali.
And then Klimt.
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?
Eddie Bauer thought that it would be good enough to flip the Sustainable UF logo and no one would notice! Well not so fast…
(An Eddie Bauer sleeping bag tag)
First spotted in an outdoor outfitter store, this little icon started popping up on Eddie Bauer sleeping bags in 2010. It’s been hard to track online because it doesn’t appear on the Eddie Bauer website. There are however multiple examples on Amazon posted by Eddie Bauer: Exhibit A, Exhibit B
There is no doubt that this is not an exact copy of the icon, because it is inverted horizontally… but COME ON! Maybe they thought it was a new icon up for grabs, but they definitely didn’t check into it first!
I did a little flipping and reversing to clear up any doubt.
For the sake of full disclosure, I have to admit that this hit a little close to home, because I was a part of the team that designed the original Sustainable UF logo. It was designed in 2008 by a group of design students at the University of Florida in the Mint program (a student-run graphic design studio). See the Sustainable UF logo in these porfolios:
Mike McVicar (That’s me)
We all know that major retailers like Target are known for ripping off artists, designers, etc. Here is another case. Sam Clark is a talented tattoo artist in Las Vegas. His colorful skulls are pretty famous in the tattoo industry. And while Target’s artwork is not literally traced or an exact copy, I think it looks a bit too similar.
I know many of you will say “you can’t copyright colored in skulls.” The reason YouThoughtWeWouldntNotice.com is here is to point out potential rips right? You be the judge.
First posted by Logo Design Love (thought they wouldn’t notice)
Moon Brand‘s 1996 identity for the Royal Parks
Villa dos Inglezes not so subtle homage to her Majesties’ mark.
web://contact is an internet agency based in Germany. In June 2010 we relaunched our new website which was featured in some css galleries out there. Since we know there is a small line between inspiration and plagiarism, we’ve got a quite relaxed point of view on that. But when somebody obviously copies our ideas AND makes money out of it that’s when we get pissed off. But form your own opinion:
Ripoff by hogash sold on themeforest: Live Preview / Themeforest
Let’s take a look at some of the copied details. On the left side is our original work, on the right side is the copied work:
Same height of the menu and exactly the same background-color(!) #638900 ... man you're kidding me
Same bubble on the right side below the header
same line below headlines
same bubble to show the location
That theme has been purchased about 440 times on themeforest (300x Joomla and 140x HTML) so far.
Thanks for reading.