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Gutter Monkey 28 June 2018 03:54 AM

Elon Musk drawn into farting unicorn dispute with potter
 
Quote:

Tom Edwards, a Colorado potter, was thrilled when Elon Musk tweeted a photo of one of his original mugs featuring his cartoon drawing of a unicorn farting electricity. The Tesla CEO called it “maybe my favorite mug ever” in a February 2017 post – leading to a bump in sales from around the world.

Edwards was surprised however, when, a month later, Musk tweeted a copy of his cartoon image to promote Tesla’s new “sketch pad” feature, which allows drivers to draw on a touchscreen. Multiple news articles inaccurately reported that Musk was the one who created and drew the cartoon.

The 61-year-old artist was going to let it go until he learned the image was also appearing in Tesla’s operating system as a small icon – and that the company had even used it in a Christmas card.
https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...on-tom-edwards

It's the usual story of a businessman ripping off an artist and complaining that the "exposure" should have been sufficient reward, but really I mostly posted it because of the article's title. :lol:

crocoduck_hunter 28 June 2018 03:55 AM

Musk is such an asshole.

Esprise Me 28 June 2018 04:18 AM

Seriously. Why not just license the image if you like it so much? The artist seems like a reasonable guy, and I'm pretty sure Musk has more money than God.

crocoduck_hunter 28 June 2018 08:38 AM

Exactly. It would have been easy to go to the artist and offer a fair price for his work. Instead, Musk just took it and is actively resisting paying any compensation. Typical entitled rich person behavior.

ChasFink 28 June 2018 03:39 PM

Even if Musk thought it was something in the public domain - not a totally unreasonable assumption considering Edwards' laid back attitude and the fact that it's not actually Edwards' art but a copy or derivative work - now that he knows it isn't, it should be obvious they could work out some licensing deal that would be a drop in the bucket for Tesla.

BoKu 28 June 2018 04:01 PM

This is just the latest of a long history of shady deals that Tesla sweeps under the rug.

http://extras.mercurynews.com/silico...mported-labor/

GenYus234 28 June 2018 04:01 PM

I'm confused. Is the image that Musk Tweeted and used elsewhere a different (but similar) drawing of Edwards or is it an image that Musk or one of his people drew based on Edwards' drawing?

erwins 28 June 2018 04:04 PM

It sounded to me like Musk tweeted a picture of the mug, and then later tweeted a hand drawn copy of the picture on the mug, and then a small copy was also incorporated into the tablet interface.

ChasFink 28 June 2018 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by erwins (Post 1982133)
It sounded to me like Musk tweeted a picture of the mug, and then later tweeted a hand drawn copy of the picture on the mug, and then a small copy was also incorporated into the tablet interface.

That's certainly what I saw. The image Musk said was "Made today on Tesla sketch pad" is not the one on the mug but clearly based on it, using the same elements - unicorn, rainbow, muffin-shaped fart, car with funnel on the end of a hose, smiley faces - in the same colors in the same general composition.

Psihala 22 July 2018 04:40 PM

Maker Of ‘Farting Unicorn’ Mugs Reaches Settlement With Elon Musk
 
The Colorado potter who hired a lawyer to take on Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has reached a settlement with the multi-billionaire.

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/07/...ent-elon-musk/

ganzfeld 23 July 2018 02:05 AM

I knew Potter would win but wasn't expecting it to end before the last horcrux was destroyed.

Dasla 24 July 2018 08:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ganzfeld (Post 1983851)
I knew Potter would win but wasn't expecting it to end before the last horcrux was destroyed.

:lol: When I first saw the thread title I did sort of think it might be that reference but wouldn't have come up with that comment.

But keeping in the theme, did he really think he would win.

ganzfeld 25 July 2018 01:46 AM

Actually, wasn't it unicorn blood? But I guess you have to take what you can get - even if you're He Who Shall Not Be Named.

GenYus234 25 July 2018 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ganzfeld (Post 1983960)
even if you're He Who Shall Not Be Named.

Voldey McVoldeface?


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