If imitation truly is flattery, Troy artist Jess Fink should be getting a lot of compliments.
Somehow we're guessing that's not the way it feels.
Fink tweeted last night that she's come across yet another piece inspired-by/ripped-off-from her work. This time she says it's Todd Goldman, an artist with a huge merchandising operation. She posted a screenshot of a Goldman work that bears a strong resemblance to her "Cookie loves Milk" design.
As Jessica Pasko told us last year, this has happened to Fink before, by stores such as Forever 21 and Hot Topic. And in a tweet last night, she alleged that Goldman's David and Goliath t-shirt line had engaged in similar borrowing of her work before (she wrote in 2008 that Goldman had actually offered her a job at one point).
Other artists have alleged that Goldman's operation has also borrowed their work. In 2007, Goldman apologized to an artist for essentially copying his work -- and then said of the firestorm of online criticism: "This is just a bunch of hater artists trying to take me down. I'm not an online Web guy. I'm not trying to rip people off. I work with a team of artists at David & Goliath. We create thousands of designs." Attorneys for Goldman's company have since pressured news sites to take down stories about Goldman's alleged copying. [Cartoon Brew] [Wikipedia] [Las Vegas Sun] [Wired]
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