People will remember the fiasco a few years ago When Todd Goldman owner of the company David and Goliath ripped off/ traced a cartoon by Dave Kelly:
Todd Goldman also has a habit of stealing Threadless designs and many other artist’s work and remaking it to sell on canvases and t-shirts. You can see his legacy of art theft here:
Well Todd is at it again. Back in 2005 I had a two designs printed by Threadless which caught Goldman’s eye. He called me and said he liked my Threadless designs, that he had bought my Lil Soap shirt and asked if I would like to make designs for his t-shirt company. I said I would think about it, we never spoke again and a few months later someone alerted me to several very close rip-offs of my designs.
You can see all the Threadless rip-offs here:
At the time Threadless sent Goldman several Cease and Desist notices, threatened a lawsuit and the items were taken down.
Now it appears Goldman thinks enough time has passed that he can rip off the designs again, this is a picture that was sent to me by a friend of a David and Goliath shirt being sold at Universal Studios, with a profile for the design here: http://www.humst.com/chicks-rule/girls-clothes/bffs-womens-t-shirt/3449.html
My original Threadless shirt: http://www.threadless.com/product/342/Cookie_Loves_Milk
Get the word out, no one should ever buy from Todd Goldman or David and Goliath tees again. Not just because of my design, but because Goldman’s long legacy of art theft is simply obscene.
Someone steal our website, from A to Z
Here is the original (EtonDigital)
… and here is the rip-off (Sajtic)
I can’t decide if this is annoying, funny or just tragic…
A few years ago I made a music video for a song called ‘My Territory’. A couple of years later Transcontinental Media made a video to promote themselves at Toronto’s 2010 Fashion Week. Here are some clips of both so you can compare them.
I’m assuming since they used the same song that this wasn’t expected to reach a wide audience, so they probably felt safe to borrow from the original without fear of anyone involved stumbling upon it. I say ‘probably’, the fact is I was emailed about this from someone who worked on Transcontinental Media’s promo and apparently they played my video throughout their filming.
This manages to reach so many levels of crapness that it astounds me – the fact that they hired creatives to copy an existing video, that there are creatives out there who have to earn a living copying other creatives, the brave and yet ultimately terrible attempts of said creatives to give their own spin on the visuals – its kind of weirdly amusing and pitiful at the same time.
Here’s a link to my original video
And the full version of their’s
Urban Outfitters (unknown to me until now for being infamous for ripping off designs) using work from deviant art on their shirts.
Urban Outfitters shirt
Deviant art page
So, it turns out that doing a bit of ego searching can actually bring up a few surprises.
A simple search for ‘Anneka Tran’ on Flickr comes up with some of my work and then a very obvious rip of one my older illustrations, by someone named Andrés Corcoll.
The thing that gets me the most is how he mentions me as part of his ‘design reference’ but I’m pretty sure that referencing something does not involve copying parts of an image and changing some colours.
Here is the original drawing which is meant to a fun portrait of me & other half
and here is the rip, possibly being used for a Scout movement in Uruguay:
and I even did a quick overlay, just to see how close it is