I created the comic strip “Bands I Useta Like” in 1998, and it has been published monthly in Atlanta’s Stomp & Stammer magazine since late 2002 (http://www.stompandstammer.com). Each strip spotlights a different group, and features copyright information with my name and web address at the bottom. Here’s the one I did on Nine Inch Nails in 2005:
I was recently alerted to an eBay seller that is a clear infringement on my work and my copyright. I have reported this to eBay and have received no reply. The seller (based in hard-to-touch Hong Kong) even defaced my strip by removing the heading, and of course the copyright info and site address at the bottom.
The rip (click for link)
The icing on the theft cake is the addition of the NIN logo, which I’m certain is another violation. The seller’s name is “ahmadjunaidi”. Suffice to say I have as much disposable income as any artist these days (none) and any money made off my work needs to go directly to me. Shutting this guy down would be a good start. Thanks for your time and space. -MBA
Worlds largest advertising agency BBDO ripped italian street artist Blu
this is the original work
MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
and this is the rip off:
smart fortwo “A big idea” campaign from Shilo on Vimeo.
So this painter was a student of my mothers good friend. the picture made it from my mother to her friend to the artist, then onto the canvas. I was never contacted or asked if it was OK.
and he is selling it for $2700
I am the photographer… I am a photographer… it is how I pay my bills… I just find the painters behaviour in this matter offensive. do you reckon I should be upset?
oh this is the artist statement…
My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior.
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.
Dress on Etsy, which came first. Can’t remember the link for it.
Then came this by Betsey Johnson: