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Did Bud Light steal this artist’s work?

Did Bud Light steal this artist’s work?

http://twitter.com/#!/bennyd302/status/508600304150253568

Benjamin Douglass, an artist from Red Bank, New Jersey, accused Bud Light of stealing his artwork for their new ad campaign featuring Vanilla Ice:

http://twitter.com/#!/bennyd302/status/508611809561964545

And here’s a sample of the ad. Yes, it does look like it’s the same exact artwork:

http://twitter.com/#!/budlight/status/508421925090381824

Mr. Ice seems to have acknowledged it’s the same design, too:

http://twitter.com/#!/vanillaice/status/508604123420184576

But who owns this particular artwork anyway? Tweeps are asking:

http://twitter.com/#!/mattmartone/status/508787008555479040

Answer? It’s the design for a T-shirt sold by a company called TeePublic:

http://twitter.com/#!/bennyd302/status/508787768122961920
http://twitter.com/#!/bennyd302/status/508801750846144512
http://twitter.com/#!/mattmartone/status/508802269958406144

Here’s the summary as best as we can tell: An artist from New Jersey used Vanilla Ice’s likeness — without compensation to Mr. Ice — to sell T-shirts and now he’s angry that Bud Light is using his artwork in a major ad campaign, but he’s not sure if Bud Light stole his work or actually licensed it.

We’ll update as soon as we know more in what’s shaping up to be a major (snicker) legal battle.

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/08/did-bud-light-steal-this-artists-work/

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