Many, many people are familiar with the geek-humored webcomic XKCD. Just today I discovered that one of their lovable shirts was blatantly ripped off by t-shirt seller Noisebot.com.
Here’s the orignal, based on XKCD comic #208. I don’t know this shirt’s orignal date of offering, but it’s been around for quite some time.
The original shirt, as seen http://store.xkcd.com/xkcd/#StandBackScience
And the rip off, from the noisebot.com store, titled “Back Up, I’m going to try science”:
Seriously? Slap some goggles on it and change the TI-83 to a beaker?
The original is for sale at both Thinkgeek.com and at the author’s webstore, store.xkcd.com. I sent the XKCD store manager an e-mail containing this information as well. As a huge fan of that particular webcomic, and scientist, I’ll say this once:
Don’t mess with the geeks, man.
It´s not, that I´m not aware of obey´s work,
I just was suprised when I found the original source
of his artwork.
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”:
Forever Slave's "Tales for Bad Girls" album cover.
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 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.