Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Should I Feel Flattered or Ripped Off?

This is kinda interesting; I'm a big fan of cinema schlock. One of my all-time faves from the medium is "Phantom of The Paradise". If you haven't seen it, here's the synopsis from IMDB;

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace.

Anyway, a few years ago I created an art piece based on the Phantom. It sold relatively well, and is still available in my shop. While surfing the interwebs today, I ran across the blue-ray case for the film as seen below. Yes, that's my art. I know a lot of artists would be upset by something like this, but I only find it flattering. Hell, I don't own the rights to the character anyway, so what do I care? We artists steal from everyone in one form or another. If anyone denies that, then they are full of shit. What about you guys? How would you feel about someone swiping your work?

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  1. That is what I do not understand about garage kit modelers. They do a piece and sell it which they do not own the rights to...Then they get furious when someone recasts that mold and sells it...

    You have a good outlook my friend.

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    1. To me, it's just not one of those things that's worth getting upset over. This has happened before, and while it would be nice to at least get credit for my work, I simply don't care that much.

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  2. i find it flattering that they thought it was good enough to steal, yet pissed off that they cannot contact the artist for there blessing or can they use it... and you own your interpretation of the character with respect to the original owners... Jay says it best "We's got to get paid"...

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    1. You're right - I have had people go to great lengths to get my permission to use my stuff, and I have had people just out and out steal it and sell it in one form or another. I would appreciate it if people would ask permission or at least credit me, but unless they're making thousands of dollars directly from my art, it's just not worth it to me to stress about it. Goes with the territory, I suppose.

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  3. If this is an actual product in stores than you should get paid.

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    1. I dug around a bit, but I can't tell if this is something that is actually being sold in stores. I found a blu ray copy on Amazon, but it had different art.

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  4. I've seen this sort of thing happen to a few friends with various things. I can't paint or draw to save my hide, but I would tend to think that I'd be flattered as well. Having said that, if this is something that they are planning on producing, they really should get your permission and you should receive compensation for the artwork. Having said that: HOLY COW THAT'S FRIGGIN COOL!

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    1. I'll keep looking, but I think that it may be something that a fan or bootlegger put together. Either way, it is pretty damn cool ;-)

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  5. Oooo, definitely not cool. You deserve payment for your amazing art.

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    1. Thanks, Bill! I would be happy with just a hint of credit ;-)

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