Little harsh, in'it?
Oh that's right...I DID say enjoy yourself.
Go to hell Kombo!
When will you be accepting applicants for the 2014 competition?
"In response to Oydave's comment, "Look at the two pieces. Is the second a rip-off of the first?" The answer is no. the second one was made 2 YEARS earlier than the first, how could it be a rip off of the first?"
Ever since I was in kindergarten, the first is on the left and the second is on the right. Reread and reorient yourself.
An artist can always sue someone for this kind of thing but if you can't show actual financial harm, I don't know how far you'll get. Another choice is to raise hell on the interwebs. That shit never goes away and you can hound someone til the end of time!
It's a shame in this case, though. Maybe it's just because I know the alleged offender but, to me, the two works are so strikingly different, I can't work up any juice on this. If there was a face in the second piece...that's on the right, dude...then it would be outrageous. I don't see the paragraph analogy as legit. Visual art and literature are such different animals that you can't really compare elements like that. Of course, a lot of people feel differently so enjoy your outrage.
Tons of Atlanta artists use colorful geometric shapes. But to copy the exact colors, the exact pattern the shapes are laid out in, the same spacial distribution and size of the shapes, the same inward curve at the top center. This is NOT "referencing" or an "homage" to another artist. When taking inspiration from another artist, you have to at least change the elements IN SOME WAY, that makes it a NEW piece, otherwise its just an exact copy of something. Like taking a paragraph out of another article, and inserting it in the middle of your own article, signed with your name.. I don't see how it could be any more obvious.
In response to Oydave's comment, "Look at the two pieces. Is the second a rip-off of the first?" The answer is no. the second one was made 2 YEARS earlier than the first, how could it be a rip off of the first?
I know Kombo. He's a stand up guy and would not use this element in a piece because he thought it would result in monetary advantage.
Look at the two pieces. Is the second a rip-off of the first?
If this is inappropriate, then 90% of hip hop is inappropriate...most of the blues. You can Biz Markie him, Honey, if you can show monetary loss...or you could be proud you have influenced the scene.
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