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- Sep 24, 2012
Randy Pitchford reaches out to the artist who found his work had been plagiarised for some Borderlands 2 cover art.
Sounds like both Moss and Gearbox were both just being civil, and good natured about the whole thing. Props to both for not making a huge scandal out of it.
@mariomaster16 I partially agree, but I see mainly some (!) will to keep the scandal as low as possible as the main reason for which Pitchford has invited the artist to work with Gearbox!
I was expecting Gearbox to sue him and call him a homophobic woman hater. Then I remember that's something only Bioware would do.
Glad they could solve the problem.
It's nice to see how Gearbox handled it, they could have just ignored him but they didn't... and for the love of F$@#$! stop going to the next video while I try to type a comment lol
I'm sorry but if this is plagiarism then we as a society are doomed to be suing each other back to the stone age...yes they have the same overall design but just look at most of pop music, It all sounds virtually the same and the biggest difference is either the poorly written lyrics or the sex of the "artist" (If you can call them that) but It is nice to see both sides resolve it without suing and getting all pissy
@ztg360 yea that's because pop artists are all owned by big record labels that co-en-side with each other quite allot. Among other reasons I may or may not know.
You do all realize that this shit happens every day right? It's not like gearbox was the first or something... In fact what they did by addressing the issue actually speaks highly of the quality of their character. life goes on, this guy will be paid for his unexpected contributions and with a shred of class this stupid headline will find a place in the trash can. no matter who you are and how great you think you are, we are all influenced by what we see and hear etc. and for the people complaining that the art was stolen actually it wasn't... it was re-created differently and only shares few key similar aspects... its the same concept but not a direct copy get over it.
I'm a composer and I know that there's often a fine line between feeling flattered because you inspired another artist or feeling like you've been stolen from. Sometimes you feel both at the same time. In this situation, this artist was ripped off. That said, I give Randy the benefit of the doubt. Just by the way he handled it, I can't see that he knew about it. Some Gearbox artist used the art as the basis for his work, turned it in, and didn't give the original artist credit. I believe that's the extent of it and I doubt anybody else at Gearbox picked up on it. Either way, Randy fixed it. Problem solved. Good on them.
I'm an illustrator myself, and I'd bet you anything that the plagiarism was done by some lowly production artist who never imagined it would be spotted. There's no way the image would've been featured so prominently if management knew it was plagiarized.
@CatAtomic999 - Totally agree.
@CatAtomic999 - Say, as an illustrator you can probably confirm this. I imagine this kind of thing happens a lot in your field?
@shantd I've seen it a couple of times, yeah. People get fired for it. One time it might've been something the guy was mimicking without even realizing it-- you know, like he'd seen it and it was floating around in his head when he started "creating", lol. The other time was a straight-up copy, like this thing.
@Heshertonfist I understand what you mean and it was sad to see that Gearbox has done such a thing. As the artist said, he would have loved to help out. Randy Pitchford did make amends to the artist afterwards so isn't that enough to forgive?
@N4o7A @Heshertonfist Until proven otherwise I won't blame gearbox as a company, just the artist who was in charge of the cover art. I never heard of this artist before nor seen his work, and its just as possible that Randy and the others had no idea that this picture was copied either. Also after looking at Mr Moss's site I see he rips off alot of other people as well so all I can say is Karma is a b&*ch.
Good Guy Gearbox knows when it's been a Scumbag Steve! Good for them. I think it's pretty clear the inspiration was lifted pretty hard from this guy, it's always hard and subjective when it comes to artistic plagiarism but I think if the GB team is choosing not to say that the argument is contrived then it's great that they're taking the high road. This guy isn't even suing so it really is them taking the initiative.
It's called apropriation, where you take one form of something such as art and make it distinctively yours. The Romans did the sane thime with the Ancient Greek's style of art and religion and made it distinctively their's. there's a reason why the Romans became so successful. Their sword the gladius is from spain, shield is from gaulic france, etc.
Yea they copied the style of his art work, but to me that looks more than 50% altered from the original piece which should be enough to be "their" art. Or have I been under a rock too long? Kudos to them for acknowledging him though!
@TheSkyrimStatue one of his pieces was a fake movie poster for star wars. That's not plaigarism or copyright infringment, simply fan art. However someone at gearbox ripped that image and essentially took that work of art and then just made it all Borderlandsy. THAT is plaigarism and copyright infringement. Especially when the original artist wasn't even contacted.
if the game has made money, he deserves to get acknowledged as the inspiration.
Its no real different to what Zynga is doing with EA games or what EA's Medal Of Honor is doing with Killstreaks from the inspiration from Call Of Duty Modern Warfare.
The is the age where every company is ripping off everybody. The Chaos is starting to happen, we need The Reapers to arrive early this cycle. 50'000 years before the next harvest is to long, i reckon every 4000 years would be a much better timeframe to re-start the cycle of organics.
@nyran125 Are you mentally challenged? Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question. You clearly are mentally challenged if you consider that a fan poster could possibly be the inspiration to a game. Borderland was the inspiration to Borderland 2. Idiot. This is concerning a picture in the book art for Borderland 2 which was based upon the said fan poster.
I think it's just an inspiration taken and not the actual picture. A soon to be released game "Furious Four" is from Gearbox with INSPIRATION from Inglorious Basterds so I'm not too surprised that they honour other peoples work by showing similarities.