Artist Points Finger at Internet Retailer, Turn Up; Public Outrage Results
The online party wear boutique was falsely accused of stealing designs from a well-known visionary artist. The accusations spread quickly through Facebook.
On March 31, 2014, Turn Up responded to an influx of feedback from fans regarding the shirts from Kayden K, claiming the designs were stolen. Turn Up proceeded to contact but was unable to get in touch with Kayden K.
In less than 12 hours, the situation escalated. Both artists were contacted by Turn Up and told, “At Turn Up, we do not produce any of our own clothing. When these items are purchased, it is assumed they are… not pirated…. [We] would be happy to assist if this is the case. [We] have contacted the manufacture to get to the bottom of this. [We] must ask you to sit tight until [we] can receive more information”
Without hearing back from Turn Up http://www.turnupgear.com/
Turn Up’s Facebook page received over 100 negative comments. Fans also reported seeing the said shirt posted on other retailing sites.
Shortly thereafter, Turn Up was emailed by Eric Flint, Android Jones’ manager, that he “just got off the phone with Ray at Kayden K and he admitted he stole those images”. When asked to comment further on the issue, Android only said, “Thank you for being proactive,” and according to Mr. Flint, Android was too “busy making art” to provide further comment. There is no word whether he will pursue Kayden K or other retailers in this matter.
Randal Roberts commented via email about Kayden K and said “they’re the ones who messed up.”. Roberts also added that he was “truly saddened by everyone giving [Turn Up] a hard time on Facebook”
The designs in question were Fawkes by Randal Roberts and Monarch Dragon by Android Jones. Turn Up has since obtained the rights from Randal Roberts to sell his Fawkes shirt design. It is available for purchase at http://turnupgear.com/
Concerning the Monarch Dragon Design, Turn Up CEO stated, “It is a shame that this copyright theft occurred. Copyright exists not only to protect creativity but also to inspire it. The only way to make this right is by donating the shirts to charity in Androids name.” Turn Up has since donated the shirts to The United War Veterans Council charity. Turn Up will be keeping three of the shirts to give away on social media. Those interested in entering to win one of the remaining shirts can visit http://turnupgear.com/
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