Artist Caught Cold Stone Creamery Tracing His Works For Ad Campaign
Image via Adam Ellis and featured with permission
Ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery has been caught ripping off an artist’s work for its promotional marketing campaign for an outlet in India.
Unfortunately the company was caught by the artist himself, Adam Ellis, a former employee from BuzzFeed. He took the issue to Twitter where he pointed out that the company has been using his work to market its ice cream.
“Hi @ColdStone @ColdstoneIndia, it appears you stole and traced a bunch of my art for a large campaign. Normally I’d send an invoice to license my work, but in this case I’m asking you to make a donation to Inner City Arts to help underserved kids. Thanks. http://www.inner-cityarts.org,” he wrote.
Instead of filing a charge, Ellis urged the company to donate a sum of money to Inner City Arts to help underserved children. Cold Stone gave $10,000 to the creative space in Los Angeles, just as requested.
Ellis documented the whole journey on his Twitter which you can see below.
Hi @ColdStone @ColdstoneIndia, it appears you stole and traced a bunch of my art for a large campaign. Normally I'd send an invoice to license my work, but in this case I'm asking you to make a donation to Inner City Arts to help underserved kids. Thanks. https://t.co/BBvLza5r9U pic.twitter.com/ODYbbhitHb
— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) April 12, 2018
Thats…a lot of plagiarizing..
— Olivia Jacquard (@OliviaJacquard) April 19, 2018
Omg. They even copied the cat. How rude ????????
— budleebuzz (@budleebuzz) April 14, 2018
Gotta use my favorite GIF for this one pic.twitter.com/oQgOlDneCX
— Bitchcraft aka Snatchy McAssbutt (@IOUsometimesWhy) April 12, 2018
Coldstone has donated $10,000 to Inner City Arts. I'm glad they did the right thing! https://t.co/9w149AzB08
— Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) April 18, 2018
[via Bored Panda, opening image via Adam Ellis, images featured with permission]