Steampunk mask-maker gets justice after being plagiarised


45 Responses to “Steampunk mask-maker gets justice after being plagiarised”

  1. margaretpoa says:

    Since they took such quick action, I tend to believe the story of the unscrupulous dealer. Kudos to BoingBoing and Toscano and congratulations Mr. Basset. Thanks Cory. Top flight blogging in action.

    • C W says:

      Absolutely. Nice to see this isn’t yet another Todd Goldman, Hot Topic, or Urban Outfitters ripoff situation that goes nowhere. Basset is a superb artist and craftsman, and I’m glad he’s gotten a decent offer out of this.

  2. Kevin Jones says:

    So, what is the name of the factory claiming the ripped off artwork as their own?

  3. I have to admit, whoever got the design job at RipOffCo did a pretty nice job.  I like the eye trim, the mouth change, and the color accents better on the sold product.  It’s a shame that there’s probably a decent artist making a living this way.
    Any way, good outcome.  Stamp Creator-Endorsed on it.

  4. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    One would hope that moving forward that Design Toscano would use more of Bob Basset’s work.  Its obvious they like what he is doing and there is a market for it… seems like an awesome match.

  5. mccrum says:

    I’m so confused.  Are you telling me that a company copied a piece from a creator, got called out on it, found out where things had gone wrong, righted said wrong, apologized, and then gave creator credit and money?

    And all over the course of a day?

    Now, why can’t everyone else just do this?  It seems the right way of going about it…

  6. cinerik says:

    Not sure things are as fixed as you seem to think they are – posted long after the ‘agreement’ had been made:

    ” Hello! many thanks to all who make support in that situation to me and my team. at first Evelyn Kriete and my good friend Stas Zv. I am glad to know what MR Stopka are friendly in that situation. But I wish to make all point in that history. For that I ask MR Stopka contact with me directly with offer about using that part of my art my email is

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      They can not have been this stupid could they?
      They profit from stealing his work, claim its all fixed… and seem to have not bothered to speak with who they ripped off.
      As of now the “its all better” was posted 15 hours ago, and Mr. Basset posted 6 hours ago asking to be contacted…

    • mccrum says:

      Oh, what a relief!  The universe is still as messed up as I’d previously thought.

  7. Larry Dixon says:

    This happened to me with an American “Temporary Tattoo” company.  I received their catalog and was surprised to find my designs for sale! 

    As it turned out, someone had sold them my work as their own, and they believed him. 

    The company CEO was very apologetic, and essentially said, “Please don’t sue us.”

    The arrangement I made with them was the best, I think. 

    They broke the deal with the plagiarizer, and since the Temp Tattoo company operated on such a thin margin, I told them to just credit me in the catalog, and keep the royalties that would have been mine, to help them out.

    •  That was a nice thing to do, Larry.  Kudos.

      • Larry Dixon says:

         Thanks Bill.  Misty (Mercedes Lackey) and I are firm believers in GKC … Greed Kills Cool. 

        If I’d been greedy and sued them, then something that makes people happy would have died because the company didn’t have much money to begin with.  Something cool would have been killed.

        The tattoo company got duped by a crim (To use Mega-City One parlance) (Five years in a cube, creep!), so they were messed with once.  If I sued them, they’d be messed with twice, and it still wouldn’t really be their fault.

        I have a 2 for 1 policy when I encounter a wrong: do one good thing to counteract that bad thing, then, do a new good thing so the average is raised.

        • Andi S says:

          As a random fan of both your art and Misty’s books — that was a generous and kind thing to do.  I’ve always thought both of you were lovely people, and this has only raised you in my esteem :)

          Cheers for doing the right thing! (And for the Judge Dredd reference *grin*)

    • Very, very cool handling of an aggravating and awkward situation. Not too many people would have been as gracious and reasonable when faced with something similar.

      On a totally unrelated note, are you both missing CoH as much as I am? I had the honor of teaming with you two briefly one fun evening; my toon was H. Beam Piper :)

  8. JontKopeck says:

    A quote from Bob Basset on that thread:

    “Hello! many thanks to all who make support in that situation to me and my team. at first Evelyn Kriete and my good friend Stas Zv. I am glad to know what MR Stopka are friendly in that situation. But I wish to make all point in that history. For that I ask MR Stopka contact with me directly with offer about using that part of my art my email is b******@****.com”

    English is his second language, so I’m not 100% sure what he’s saying, but It seems Toscano might have jumped the gun by making this announcement.

  9. ‘[any given distributor] is appreciative to its customers who informed us of this oversight and as always we celebrate artists and their creative work’

    i always read stuff like this as ‘crap, we got caught’, i know thats deeply cynical of me, but you must admit that it would be nice not to have to celebrate as a rarity the fact that a company adheres to common decency and commercial law.

  10. Right on! Congrats to Boing-Boing for speaking out about this. A feel-good story  to round off a questionable 2012.

  11. NateXT says:

    Pretty sure this thing hasn’t been cleared up yet.

    Also, DesignToscano stated that they spoke with the person Bob Basset, but I thought that Bob Basset was the name of the company and not the designer?

  12. ottocrat says:

    So is this mysterious plagiarising supplier going to get called out? Named? Shamed? Sued? Run out of town? Or keep passing off other people’s work as his/her/its own? I need closure.

  13. Itsumishi says:

    If I were in your shoes Cory I’d be seeing if an interview with Basset would be possible. It would be very interesting to hear his side of the whole story regardless of whether this deal has actually been made or not. Design Toscano claiming that it has been, someone with a Bob Bassett facebook account claiming that he’s yet to hear any deal. Something fishy is happening one way or the other.

  14. oasisob1 says:

    Yes, it does appear that it might not be completely sorted. It would be nice to see a post on the Bob Basset FB page or website assuring us it’s been handled.

  15. Dave X says:

    What I don’t understand is whether DT will continue selling the “extra-doodad” resin version of Basset’s work or not. At least they could produce a resin version that is an accurate copy, sheesh.

  16. Over the River says:

    On the product page, above the description it now says “by artist Bob Basset”

    Good job all.

  17. Spinkter says:

    Props to Toscano.  Now if we can only get them to get rid of that hideous, vaguely misogynistic female torso floor lamp that annoys me every time I flip through Skymall.

  18. traalfaz says:

    Glad to hear this. We’ve been Toscano customers for many years and they’ve always struck me as a decent company.  I’m glad to find that belief justified.

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