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Reading about Todd Goldman made me want to waste 5 points to complain and gather opinions on these two topics (Goldman, and art in general).

[Accusations of Plagiarism

In April 2007, Goldman was accused of plagiarism by web cartoonist Dave “Shmorky” Kelly, in a post on the Something Awful forums, saying that Goldman’s piece “Dear God Make Everyone Die” was traced directly from a 2001 Purple Pussy comic by Kelly. Mike Tyndall maintains a page which summarizes the original Something Awful thread, at which dozens of images are compared, with the claim that Goldman plagiarized many artists.

In an interview with Sense magazine, Goldman said, “I guess what happened was this: I have a whole design team that works back in Florida creating t-shirts for me. And then I take some of these images and make paintings out of them. If we do 50 t-shirts a month we probably create over 300 images to narrow down to those 50. Listen, I couldn’t paint in my lifetime the amount of stuff that we’ve done. I thought that image was created internally within ‘David and Goliath’. I guess the original idea came from that Kelly guy which one of my artists had seen. We changed it to “Please God Make All my Friends Fat,” because the Die wouldn’t sell on t-shirts. But I thought it’d make a great painting. So I painted two images from it. 5 months later it was hanging in this gallery and someone saw it and started this whole Internet thing. When I found out it wasn’t our image, I apologized to the guy and gave him the full proceeds for the sale of the paintings. They sold for ,000. So I didn’t profit from him. There was no lawsuit from it. But then a whole can of worms opens up and suddenly I’m knocking off everyone apparently.”

On May 3, 2007, Goldman’s publicity agent announced that Goldman (who initially dismissed the controversy as “false accusations and blogging” in the contact with the media) and Kelly had reached a settlement: Goldman would pay Kelly the money he earned from the paintings and Kelly would drop the case. Goldman’s art dealer said that several art galleries stopped showing Goldman’s work and the wholesalers who buy Goldman’s posters canceled their orders and asked for refunds for unsold stock. “I lost the three biggest poster distributors in America,” his art dealer, Jack Solomon, said. Goldman later reported that the poster distributors came back.]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Goldman
http://www.miketyndall.com/todd_goldman/

This guy probably makes loads of more money than the [alleged] original artists.

I’ve seen samples of this guy’s art. IGNORING the (highly) suspected plagiarism, he sucks, plain and simple.

I noticed a decline in the popularity of skilled art in the past few decades of cartoons on television. It’s stupid, honestly. Completely, absolutely, totally ridiculous.

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  1. It sounds to me that the work was not allegedly stolen…but actually stolen, otherwise he would not have admitted that fault rests with his employees, and he would not have agreed to pay money to the original artist. After looking at the example in the wiki article, there is no doubt in my mind that it is a copy, with only the slightest changes made. No way can that be coincidence.

    The quality of the work is irrelevant, as far as copyright infringement is concerned. I, personally, don’t care for either illustration. But that is just my opinion…my taste, which is subjective.

    Considering the volume they are dealing with, and the fact that an employee had no problem ripping from another artist to print on a shirt…I’m sure there is a good chance that it’s not the only time it has happened within the company. They probably just haven’t noticed any of the others yet. This Goldman sounds less like an artist, and more like a manufacturer, being that he admits he is reproducing already created images, is using a design team to create them, and then selling in high volume.

    In any case, the person who ripped the original knew exactly what they were doing…and they knew it was illegal. If you are are in the business..it is your business to know these things. Ignorance is no excuse. If this guy wants to save face, he needs to start creating some of his own original works, and stop painting from t shirt images.

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