Monday, February 6, 2012

H&M makes nice after poaching local artist's work

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The other week the Internet rushed to the aid of local artist Tori LaConsay after H&M poached a billboard design she painted in East Atlanta Village in 2008.

Can you tell the difference between these images? No, you cant, because theyre exactly the same.
  • Regretsy
  • Can you tell the difference between these images? No, you can't, because they're exactly the same.

After initially blowing off LaConsay with the robo-response "We employ an independent team of over 100 designers. We can assure you that this design has not been influenced by your work and that no copyright has been infringed,” it seems as though LaConsay and the retailer have made nice. LaConsay released the following statement via Regretsy this weekend:

This morning, H&M contacted my attorney to extend the olive branch and work towards an agreement that I am truly pleased to be a part of. In a gesture of kindness, H&M has offered not only to settle this matter with me, but also with the public at large, by donating $3,000 towards animal rescue organizations in the East Atlanta Village.

Additionally, H&M has offered to donate the remainder of the “You Look Nice Today” stock to charitable organizations. I am especially pleased that this agreement respectfully honors the true intent behind the original artwork, offering a message of love, compassion and community.

I credit the entirety of this WONDERFUL outcome to the support of my friends and neighbors, the East Atlanta Village, and most of all, the Regretsy community. If it weren’t for the kindness, generosity and determination in communities both geographic and digital, we would not have reached this resolution.

H&M has done the right thing. I thank them. They Look Nice Today.

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