Milton Glaser + Mirko Ilic speak out on their stolen work
“Sometimes life is tough—all designers want to be influential and see how their work influences others. What is problematic is when influence becomes mindless copying that misunderstands the original intention." — Milton Glaser
The problem of image re-appropriation is one many designers and artists face, especially when an image of theirs becomes iconic. Rip-offs range from the outright obvious—as with the “Liberty and Justice” keychains—to more subtle, legally complex examples, like when someone samples, references, or pays homage to another designer in an artwork that they produce. It’s even more complicated in terms of copyright infringement when it’s not a physical image being reproduced, but a slogan or quote untethered from its original often long lost context.
Read the full article on AIGA's Eye on Design.