Junk Food claimed their designers were searching for inspiration for a music series line of t-shirts on the internet and came across my turntable design in a blog. I had an attorney write a Cease & Desist letter to Junk Food. I didn’t have enough money to take them to court so they wrote a letter of apology and we settled on a payment.
Brooke's Turntable design
Junk Food’s version on a t-shirt:
Junk Food's version of my turntable
I was fortunate enough to find the t-shirt in a local boutique called Chrome in Lubbock, TX. I actually found it once more in Forever 21 in the Lubbock Mall. A friend found a girl’s version of the tee in Heritage 1981.
Today we found out that an original illustration from my girlfriend seniorita polyester is being printed on wallets produced by an argentinian brand called Mundo Ilustrado. They didn’t just add the image without permision but they also alterated the color and did a little treatment to the design. The sad thing is that they claim to be designers but sell other peoples work without giving any credit.
We found out via facebook.
This is the original watercolor by seniorita polyester
This is the wallet by Mundo Ilustrado
This impressive cosplay of the character Kuchiki from the anime Bleach can be seen as one of those ads that pops up all over the place… you know the types… The original picture can be found on google using the tagline “bleach cosplay toothbrush” (And I HIGHLY recommend that fans of this particular anime should take a look themselves, while possibly temporarily disabling the adult filter.) I don’t have definitive proof that the owner wasn’t contacted and permission wasn’t gained, but I seriously doubt that the company went through the trouble of tracking the girl down for something like that.
DC Comics is developing a new TV series based on a character called Blue Beetle, basically a guy who transforms into kind of a robot beetle. Here’s a test shot they released:
Here’s a shot from a music video I directed and which was released in April, about a guy who transforms into a robot:
You can see the entire video here. It was widely lauded on release (the fact that it involves giant robots destroying the Bronx kinda helps), has had over 50,000 views across all its internet postings, and was featured strongly on genre film sites such as Twitchfilm and comics news/gossip site BleedingCool.
While we’re charmed that a big company like DC would choose to use our $500-budget indie music video for inspiration, we do however wish their version of our transform sequence wasn’t so… rubbish. If only they had considered hiring the people who inspired them, we could have done a much higher-quality job of ripping ourselves off. DC, for further projects, I’m with RSM Creative for directing music videos & commercials, and WME for film & TV.