mentioned before – a pair of stupid kids doing electronica stuff who decided they’d use my art for their first 7″ record cover without bothering to seek permission – the same image also stolen for “official” crystal castles t-shirts – their excuse and reasoning being:
we found the image on an old flyer, with no credit, so we didnt know who it belonged to or who to ask
we figured if we used it, the artist would eventually make him/herself known
well, the artist did quickly learn about it and made himself known – then proceeded to waste months listening to their lame apologies and promises – but never got anything – not even a lousy copy of the record – all they did was belatedly stick a credit to me on their web site (ie myspace page) for the t-shirt design, as if that made everything hunky dory – the 7″ sold out fast but i asked them to stop selling the shirts
that was back in 2006 sometime – here we are in 2008, i’ve still recieved nothing and they are still selling the shirts against my wishes! – and they’ve somehow acquired a million “friends” (gullible equally immature myspace teens jumping on a trend thinking they’re so “kewl”) and are laughably being touted as the greatest upcoming band in the world since the beatles or whatever?! – okay, i admit i actually like or liked their music too – but the charm (?) tends to wears thin and their sound becomes depleted of flavour pretty soon – basically they are diluted kap bambino imo
so, anyway, now there are various new complications and matters are being brought to a head – besides things i’ve been asked not to mention here, i’ve discovered that last gang records are about to release their debut cd, with my cover art (unlicensed and doubtless uncredited) and are already taking pre-orders for it – they are putting this version out as a “banned cover” limited edition (pfft!) – i’ve written to them but, predictably, no reply – i’m obviously of no concern to them – altho last gang records deceitfully posture themselves as indie/underground, they apparently have canadian entertainment moguls behind them – they’ll do as they please no matter how much i forbid the use of my art and how many threats they receive
so my own last hope for compensation lies with crystal castles – i’ve stated my price (a quite insignificant figure in regard to how much money made out of t-shirts and everywhere they have been plastering my art without permission) – i await a reply…
the madonna image has already been used on a cassette cover, circa 1991, by beast 666 records in japan – actually, what’d make things more fun now is if madonna wrote to me saying she’s seen the drawing, loves it, and wants to use it for HER next cd cover!
and i guess i must be alone in noticing slight similarities between the crystal castles logo and the chanel registered trademark???
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the crystal castles fiasco
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