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SpeakingUp
SpeakingUp

"No good! Wide right!"

Looks like you missed the point, but I'm happy you made it as far as you did... What was that, the 2nd paragraph? Okay, let me give you cliff notes version, just so you can stay on target:

- Simply put, "Buffalo Neighborhoods" is NOT an original idea/concept.

- In all the incarnations of "Romeo and Juliet" there is ALWAYS acknowledgment and due credit posted. For example, one might see "based on Williams Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'." in the credits. By bringing this example to my previous statement, I am citing that those who DO change the names of characters or settings of "Romeo and Juliet" are not being original. Ergo, that example illustrates my point accurately - a point which you have failed to understand for whatever reason.

- Shakespeare isn't going to rise from his grave any time soon and start suing people.

- As for the "well, it's still here" sentiment, it's a weekend. One cannot expect BR to be staffed 24/7; therefore, the ramifications - if any - have yet to be seen.

- Morality IS an important underlying feature of this discussion and has everything to do with it because this local person has produced something and is portraying this work as their own original idea (a lie by omission is still a lie, btw) and neither the artist nor BR have the courage to acknowledge this.

- Does anyone here who supports this persons print actually know the person's name? Doubt it. It's not mentioned in the BR store product description, the article itself, and nor is it signed on the print. There's something fishy about that and many others posting here have cited that fact also. It's shady at best! What artist wouldn't want their name attributed to their work? What artist wouldn't want to establish their own immortality? Perhaps it's being purposefully left off to protect the individual because everyone - from the artist to the printer to the staff at BR KNOW it's not original.

benfranklin
benfranklin

Interesting that no one seems to mind the 'buffalo hockey hoodie' that has no link to hockey other than; using the local teams blue and gold, placing a buffalo within a circle, and calling it a hockey hoodie. Clearly the business plan of the store is to generate as much revenue as possible, while paying out as little (zero) in licensing fees as possible.

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We frequent the site, criticizing the way the organization generates dollars that keep it afloat would seem at least slightly hypocritical. I for one hope they sell out...or perhaps they already have.

Scott Norwood
Scott Norwood

hmmm...SpeakingUp has exactly one comment..and it is a diatribe about morality? Thanks but no thanks, friend. Your Romeo & Juliet analogy brilliantly proves your entire point to be false as there have been countless movies, books, and stories which have taken Shakespeare's concept and adapted it to fit a different place or set of characters.

For the record, I've changed my mind and decided to buy a few of these as presents and one for myself. So i'd like to thank the local "artist" for his/her creation.

And i guess the fact that it is still for sale tells us just how much Ork doesn't care about the replication of his art in our fine city.

SpeakingUp
SpeakingUp

A true artist is able to utilize their talents to create a spark - something unique that is the manifestation of their own perspective, experience, belief, playfulness, or individual aesthetic. It is the result of profound thought, inspiration and introspection.

What this local "artist" has produced is not original by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, they have filled a niche by creating a "Buffalo Neighborhoods" design, but they are riding on the back of someone else's originality, utilizing someone else's work as a template. There is no originality, art, or creation in taking someone's idea and "making it their own". If we rewrite Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet - but change the names and the setting, it is not original. So, let's be clear about what constitutes originality, artistry, and a clever individual with access to Adobe Illustrator.

Did it ever occur to anyone here that Ork wasn't interested in creating a Buffalo poster because, and let's be honest here, Buffalo is a robust thriving city like the ones already produced? In fact, that's probably a good reason that Wichita, KS didn't get its own poster. But I digress...

Thankfully we live in a society in which we already have laws and systems in place that help to protect the intellectual property of those that have original thought - should one choose to exercise the right to protect their own property. However, and let's be clear about this, simply because someone has the right to do so, does not necessarily mean they want, or can afford, to do so.

Regardless, the core of this discussion has basically boiled down to the topic of originality and what this local person has done is not original.

This is art and not business as one commenter put it, but that still doesn't make it right. And let's not confuse what is morally correct with some skewed perspective on what is or should be acceptable. And in direct response to that particular commenter, let me say this: Should Michelangelo stamped any number of his creations with a logo? Should Leonardo da Vinci have signed on the Mona Lisa's forehead? There's really no need to be so ridiculous because, honestly, some artists can get by on their own merit - without a logo.

For the record, "Tattle-tailing" is the spoken mantra of the person with something to hide, someone who knows there is something intrinsically wrong, illegal, or immoral - and refuses to acknowledge that fact because they'd prefer keep such things in the dark. There is absolutely nothing wrong with those who want to see honesty, justice, and what is right prevail. You've got it backwards, friend.

We all struggle with wanting the city we all call home to be successful, for Buffalo to take the other foot out of its grave and to be known for something other than waterfalls, pathetic football, blizzards, and wings... but do we need to sacrifice our own sense of morality to do so? Do we need to grasp at any straw that falls into our lap in order to find out identity? We truly need to give credit those who actually deserve it and kindly ask those who do not, to please try again.

benfranklin
benfranklin

A few minutes of research on the web shows that 'ork' isn't really interested in doing any more cities. The author of the work is aware of 'copy-cats', and takes no offense to them (accept when they are done poorly).

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If Ork were less 'artistic', and more of a business, they would have done this in a couple of cities, then actively sold some type of franchise agreement in every city where someone would come up with some money. They would have had to add a little logo or something to make it uniquely theirs.

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Seems to me that anyone that finds this offensive hasn't spent much time in the business world. Good ideas get copied, especially those that are on the margin of just being profitable enough to make copying it worthwhile, but not a cash cow that warrants the original creator to patent or copywrite, or to actively persue a case where someone feels they've been impacted negatively. Looking at this as 'art' is exactly what the creator wants (charging a premium over the cost of a t-shirt), but in court, it would be viewed as a t-shirt with a map. Regardless of what the tv may be trying to tell you, it's still a free country. Thank God.

benfranklin
benfranklin

When Burchfield was alive, I've heard Sisti (of the art gallery) would sneak behind his apartment on Franklin to see what he'd recently thrown out. If there was anything that could be salvaged, Sisti would finish it, sign it, and sell it.

LovinLivinintheBuff
LovinLivinintheBuff

Constantly *****ing? Don't think so. I calls it likes I sees it, as do many other commenters on this site. One man's mimic is another's artistic theft.

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And as far as LiveFast being a tattletale, what gives any of you the right? That is Ork's intellectual property, no two ways about it. Is it "lame", "copyright infringement", "bad taste", "stolen", misrepresentation as a "Buffalo artist's" creation, or any other description above from either side of the debate? That is for the original artist to decide. And she without question should have been told. And I don't care if the artist who stole the idea has to defend themselves. It is not parody, homage, or imitation. It is theft. As I mentioned before I know of several artists/graphic designers who spent years defending their creations. If YOU were Ork would you be, I dunno, friending this Buffalo Artist on Facebook? Didn't think so.

LizzyB
LizzyB

This is a tough one. Is this idea original? Absolutely not. Is this piece of work original? I would have to say yes.

I saw it and was so excited that Ork finally made a Buffalo poster. I soon learned it was made by a local artist. After much thought, the artist did all the research (of wards and districts) for this poster and a lot of time placing and sizing typography. The artist did the work but stole the idea. A very good idea to steal. Would Ork have ever made Buffalo prints? Not likely, so this artist did it and actually did a good job. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that there are a lot of people in this city who have never heard of Ork posters (I have personally been a fan for years) and will think this is the artist's original idea, when it is in fact not. I would definitely respect an inspired by Ork Posters in there.

The work is well done but the idea is not his own.

NorPark
NorPark

Lame or not, legal or not aside... I think its a cool poster, one which would not exist today unless someone other than Ork made it.

LiveFastDie
LiveFastDie

Tattletale? Excuse me? If it was my idea that was being and then peddled online for money behind my back I'd sure as hell like to know. I really doubt that Buffalo Rising knew anything about the print being less than original when they decided to sell it, but now they do. Since the artist was only described as "a local Buffalo artist" what other recourse is there than simply letting the person selling the work know? I'm not trying to allege any wrong doing on Buffalo Rising's part at all, so please leave the name calling out of it.

jattea
jattea

Are you kidding me??? Thanks a lot goody-two-shoes. It IS art, I'm sure it took a lot of time to do, and you're a ****head if the local artist gets any trouble from Ork. What if it's totally legally allowable and this artist needs to spend money to defend him/herself from a frivolous lawsuit because of you?

There is nothing wrong with this. Mimicking a style is completely allowable and commonplace. If you made it illegal, then there would be no art. in fact, Ork borrows heavily from earlier typeface art. Maybe you should go and tattle on her too...

HereWeGo
HereWeGo

Norwood is right. It's on the artist. It is kind of lame though. You would think an "artist" would create their own work from their own ideas. I think the only way this is illegal would be if Ork Posters made a Buffalo print- but they didn't. Still lame on the artists part.

Scott Norwood
Scott Norwood

Nice work tattletale. Did you call your mommy too? My whole point was that it is on the "artist" who made the print. Not Buffalo Rising. They are a reseller and I would imagine they don't have a team of people devoted to trademark or copyright infringement on their payroll.

I am not buying the print and therefore not supporting the "artist", the same way i don't buy dvd's of recently released movies from the guy in the trenchcoat on the street.

LiveFastDie
LiveFastDie

The most insulting part is them referring to the person who made the print as a Buffalo artist. While their may not be a legal claim of copyright or trademark infringement it is beyond bad taste and I certainly wouldn't call the person who did it an artist. I contacted Jenny at Ork Posters and let her know. What she or Buffalo Rising does from here on out is up to them. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, blah blah blah. It's also a lazy way out when trying to do something creative. The "artist" who did this is a hack and should be ashamed.

Scott Norwood
Scott Norwood

I think it is safe to say that he used the Ork Posters design to create this piece, but I would have to agree Sean that since Ork doesn't have a Buffalo one, it isn't quite as reprehensible as some people are making it out to be.

LovinLivin is constantly *****ing on this site, which is precisely why he shouldn't be taken seriously about this. As to blaming BR, they are are reselling merchandise for Buffalo based artists and shouldn't be slammed because somebody puts something up that mimics another artists work? I don't know how somebody found the Ork Posters but it seems a lot to ask of BR to spend countless hours searching the world to see if there might possibly be a copyright infringement issue. It falls on the artist, not BR..in my opinion.

Love the sweatshirt though.

LovinLivinintheBuff
LovinLivinintheBuff

Not a lawyer, but I've heard about several graphic artist who designed souvenir t-shirt who sued others for ripping off their designs/styles and won their cases.

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While these prints are cool, they are a blatant rip off of another's intellectual property and I do hope the original artist knows about this and does something about it.

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Another example of this site's lack of professionalism.

JSmith
JSmith

Sean, I agree it can be a gray area, and after thinking about it I don't feel quite as strongly about it as my first post suggests. Several of the shirts in the BR store are skating a bit close to the edge, playing on the Sabres logo, the Zubaz stripes, the London Underground logo, the Camel cigarettes package design (and that's a piece by Michael Morgulis, not some fly-by-night), etc. I'm not sure where the line should be drawn, and I was thinking about Andy Warhol's soup cans too. But then, Andy Warhol wasn't selling soup.

I do feel that this goes beyond the idea of a "city neighborhood poster", and uses the exact same (or very similar) font, the same concept of varying the font sizes and weights. I think Jenny Beorkrem (Ork Posters) could make a reasonable complaint that this artist is trying to profit off of her trademark style.

But it does raise interesting questions about intellectual property rights and creativity. When is an imitation just art, and when is it just a rip-off? Maybe it depends on the context. If you did a Burchfield-style painting now, I might call it a homage, but if you had done it while Burchfield was alive and trying to make a living with his art, I think I would feel less positively about it, especially if you didn't make it obvious that you were the artist and not Burchfield.

jattea
jattea

Yeah I think everyone is overreacting a bit. This is not anywhere close to plagarism. Mimicking a style is not illegal, and I don't even think it's objectionable. No one would ever think of claiming a copyright infringement on the thousands of folk artists that write and perform in the style of Bob Dylan...

Where there COULD be copyright infringement is if the poster artist didn't pay for the typefaces: http://news.softpedia.com/news/NBC-Faces-2-Million-in-Damages-after-Copyright-Infringement-124097.shtml

sbrof
sbrof

Except that they have never created one for Buffalo. In that regards they are not copying anything but imitating a style of art and not 'the' art itself. If I paint a picture in the style of Charles Burchfield but of a location he never did then would that be considered copyright infringement? Doubt it. I can photoshop multiple colored versions of city hall together just like Andy Warhol too. Truth is they definitely took the idea... but considering Ork doesn't have and probably never will have a Buffalo version then I doubt it's really an issue.

JSmith
JSmith

This is really shameful, and Buffalo Rising ought to be swift to remove this product from their store. You would think everyone would be more careful about this stuff nowadays, especially after the recent minor scandal over Artvoice's copyright infringement of the work of two local design artists, Hero Design Studio and Julian Montague.

This may not be outright copying as in the Artvoice case, but I think it goes way beyond "imitation as flattery".

jattea
jattea

Imitation is the greatest form of compliment... Yes, please make it into a tee or hoodie before they get sued for copyright infringement!

At first I thought it was odd that you didn't mention who the artist was that created that print, but now I understand...

DTK2OD
DTK2OD

Put that print on a t-shirt or hoodie and I'm sold!

LiveFastDie
LiveFastDie

There are a few differences that lead me to believe it isn't done by Ork. If it is, that is great, I've emailed them a few times asking if they'd be interested in doing a print of Buffalo but never heard back.

pc
pc

wow just went to that website and they are exactly alike - is it made by Ork?

LiveFastDie
LiveFastDie

I'd love to know who is doing those Buffalo neighborhood type prints, seeing as they are a blatant rip off of the series of prints by Ork Posters (http://www.orkposters.com/). Shame on the artist for copying them and shame on BR for giving him or her an outlet to sell and make money off someone else's idea.

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