Artist Threatens Elon Musk With Lawsuit After Stealing ‘Farting Unicorn’

Artist Threatens Elon Musk With Lawsuit After Stealing ‘Farting Unicorn’

"It's so flattering to have the guy who created the most wonderful auto in the world pick my mug as his favorite ever", Edwards wrote in a blog post a day later. All of these people are now fighting over a drawing of a farting unicorn.

Edwards found out about it when his friend bought a Tesla auto and found that the unicorn is used in the design of the operating system of the electric vehicle. Musk identified the work as "maybe my favorite mug ever", and the exposure led to a little boost in sales for Edwards. The mug in question depicted a unicorn farting into a tube to power an electric auto, with the message "electric cars are good for the environment because electricity comes from magic" on the other side. The attention gave Edwards' a bump in sales from around the world, and at first, all was right with the universe.

Edwards, who told the Guardian the use of his artwork a breach of "copyright 101", has since released the initial unicorn mugs in 2010, saying he was inspired by electric cars.

Musk shared two drawings on Twitter to announce the feature, the other one being a slightly displeased Mona Lisa - only the Leonardo Da Vinci riff was signed, not the unicorn. Allegedly the image was also used in a Christmas card sent from Musk to Tesla owners.

"It's part of their branding now", Edwards told The Guardian. According that interview, and reporting in the Guardian, Edwards hired an attorney, who sent a letter to Tesla's general counsel on May 23.

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"So I chose to make it my New Year's resolution to pursue getting compensation, because artists are always seeing their work just taken, and it happens all the time", Edwards said. History will judge our choices - and by that time, Elon Musk's cryogenically frozen head will likely have fled to outer space - but let it never be said of me that when they came for the farting unicorns, I said nothing. But he's still not impressed that the image has been used so widely by the company.

Musk responded that going forwards he's instructed his team to use a different image, and added that it would be "kinda lame" for Edwards to sue. But the artist wants actual money.

Musk claims that the image was made by Twitter user Nik Jovanovic, and that it was chosen at random by his software team, "as a joke". Musk has since deleted all of his tweets, including the original tweets about the mug from 2017. Hopefully, we'll all get to enjoy farting unicorns in peace again soon. Robin Edwards, a musician, was tweeting under her stage name Lisa Prank.

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