Thursday, April 12, 2007

Todd Goldman bites the bullet

Well, at any rate he has fessed-up to purloining the Purple Pussy, to a point, but not to the other obvious rip-offs:



Popular post pop-artist, Todd Goldman who has made a career of making fun of the world with his sarcastic commentary and cartoon icons, has mistakenly used the design of an another artist in two of his recent paintings. Todd’s painting, “Dear God, Please Make Everyone Die”, was inspired from a drawing he received unbeknownst to him belonging to an underground web comic artist David “Shmorky” Kelly.

In addition to painting, Todd designs t-shirts for his clothing company, David & Goliath. Todd and his design team create and receive thousands of design ideas every month. It’s no secret that Goldman creates a lot of his painting ideas from his t-shirt designs. Goldman says “I made a judgment error and didn’t research the background of this particular submission. “My intention was not to copy Mr. Kelly. I have never seen his work before and would never intentionally knock-off someone else’s idea.”
Goldman has issued a formal apology to Mr. Kelly and has stated that he will not be using his design again in the future. As a gesture of good faith, Goldman has pledged not (to) profit from his mistake. He will instead donate his proceeds from the painting directly to Mr. Kelly or his charity of choice.

Yeah well, paying up is really the least he can do. Note the language in the last paragraph, 'not profiting' from this 'mistake' is key, and it is an attempt to make some wriggle-room in order to avoid accusations of fraud. Well, you know what, when an 'artist' with a reputation like Todd Golman's uses someone else's work for his portfolio and gains more acclaim from that usage, he profits indirectly from it, so he's really going to find it hard to wriggle out of that one. I reckon paying up big is the only way forward.

As for the numpty (good old Scottish word) who suggested on a forum that this is legitimate use and it's like Andy Warhol using a Disney image, er, no it's not. The one in the position of unequal power in this relationship is the (Lord knows why) 'acclaimed artist' known as Todd Goldman, who has ripped-off a 'lowly' web comic artist. Not cool, not classy, not professional, not ethical, simply not done.

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