Hot Topic has done it again. This time they are selling rings featuring faces that look almost identical to those of HMC Designs (an Etsy artist from Australia)
The photo on the left is her portrait, and the photo on the right is that of photographer Christian Becker / Fotobeckerei of Germany, done in Jan of 2011.
Within the comments of her facebook post, Dangerously Dolly mentions
“Okay so I just received an email from the photographer, funny after I posted this status.
He wrote: This image was produced on request of the models to me. She came to me with such images that they wanted to have as implemented. because it …was a paid shooting, it’s not me. Please sit down with her and discuss it.
…Great, someone got paid to reproduce my work. How unethical is that??”
Just like that, it’s so easy to just pass a problem onto someone else.
My question to you (the viewer:)
Is it ever “OK” to be paid to recreate the work of another artist without permission? Who holds true responsibility of stealing, the photographer or the model?
It makes me wonder if there’s other work on this photographers page he was paid to recreate. Is this talent?
Yes, I know that it is also a rip off of Shepard Fairey’s original print, and it’s also using a copyrighted Hasbro character, but I believe it falls under fair use as a parody.
The first design below was released by Nakatomi Inc as a limited edition poster on 2/24/2009. You can see the blog post announcing it here, and you can find the second edition in the online store here.
The second design below could not be any more obviously a rip off. It was released by 80stees.com right here (as much as I don’t want to link them). Good job guys! They’re even denying that they copied it on their Facebook page.
Tim Doyle’s “Change Into A Truck” poster:
80stees.com weak rip-off on a t-shirt: