Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Todd Goldman finally caves in (for real?)



MAY 2, 2007

Artists David Kelly and Todd Goldman have agreed to settle and end the recent claim that Mr. Goldman utilized an image and caption belonging to Mr. Kelly in an original painting without his permission. In early April, an internet site noted the similarity of a recent Goldman painting to a web cartoon panel produced six years ago by Mr. Kelly. Mr. Goldman has agreed to pay Mr. Kelly the full proceeds from the sale of the two paintings in exchange for a perpetual non-exclusive license for the image and its caption (“the “Work”). “It was a mistake on my part to not research the source for this Work which was sent to me over the internet by a friend. “Until a few weeks ago, I had no knowledge of Mr. Kelly or his body of online cartoon and animation work,” said Goldman.

Mr. Kelly has accepted Mr. Goldman's explanation and payment of the license fee and calls for the internet sites and all interested parties to acknowledge that Mr. Goldman’s use of the Work was an unintentional legitimate mistake and that there should be no further debate on the matter. Mr. Goldman’s two paintings which depict Mr. Kelly’s image and caption have a legally valid and enforceable license from Mr. Kelly. Mr. Goldman has agreed that he will not paint this image for any future commissions or exhibitions or otherwise use it for any further commercial purposes. Each of the artists have declared their intention to move on in their respective fields and encourage their supporters, friends, and patrons to do likewise.

Of course we all know that this isn't the only "mistake tracing" Todd Goldman has committed. The fight between Todd and Shmorky seems to be done for good, but that won't change the fact that Todd Goldman is a plagiarist no-talent hack who e-mailed porn to children.


Blogger Lexi said...

I guess as long as Dave is ok with it. I for one would not be satisfied. I would not give any license to this man. There's nothing in the block quote that states that Dave would get money for any future use of "the work". Perhaps the funds from the paintings take care of that for now. I know that Dave is not a money-grubbing fellow, but if anyone were to make money off of my work I'd like to hit them in the wallet, because they obviously have no balls.

And Goldman cannot stop people from finding the work he's copied from. If people are going to debate artists from the 60s on forward who appropriated other people's art into their own, then Goldy should expect the same of himself. He is a blemish on the world's art community.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Dave really got the best he could get out of this. Winning in court would have been very long and difficult. Luckily, Todd's reputation was on the line, court or not, thanks to the Internets.

2:55 PM  
Blogger legmuscle said...

What kind of explanation is “It was a mistake on my part to not research the source for this Work which was sent to me over the internet by a friend.“?

What research does he need to do to realise that it's not his work?

5:04 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

The worst part is he's blaming a friend?

5:19 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

A make-believe friend? =P

The finger-pointing is what really pisses me off. I don't know why that excuse keeps popping up over and over again. There is no way he can save face now.

7:32 PM  

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