Jonathan Mak Long Chris Thornley
October 14, 2011 by staff
In the morning, a Reuters report gave credit to Hong Kong design student Jonathan Mak, but in recent days, several other artists have also claimed responsibility for the design.
That includes the UK-based graphic artist Chris Thornley, also known as Raid71 and resident of Los Angeles Farzin Adeli.
Thornley said he created the picture in May, while Adeli said he created in the first hours after the death of Jobs. But while Mak Thornley and appear to have recognized that it was likely a coincidence rather than an outright scam, Adeli has submitted an application for copyright of the image, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
“I personally created and designed the logo graphic on the evening of Wednesday October 5, after hearing the sad news of the death of Steve Jobs,” Adeli said the paper.
In a blog post, Mak did not refer to claims Adeli, but said the image of Thornley in effect, “contain the same idea,” as the creation of Mak. Mak, however, said it was stolen, and argued that he searched the web before posting your picture just to make sure that nobody else had done before, but found the contribution of Thornley.
“The visual connection between the profile of Steve and logo seemed too obvious to not have been captured at the time. Turns out I’m right,” he wrote Mak.
Mak said he did not apologize for “pulling” Thornley, because “I have come to this design on my own.” He, however, apologize for not responding sooner. He then asked people to contribute to a charity set up by Thornley, who is currently battling cancer.
In a tweet, Thornley said he “has nothing against [Mak], it happens all the time, he has been very good about it.”
“I started selling the image [above] on my website months charity is setting all the money goes to cancer charity,” he continued.
Ironically, Adeli is also selling the image and the proceeds will go to pancreatic cancer research.
As Techdirt points out, however, the debate could be up to three artists. “I guess Apple could void any attempt to register the intellectual property claims of these guys. I can not see how a claim gets anywhere brand like Apple, obviously, I could say that attacks Apple’s existing brands and would be a serious risk of confusion, “said the blog. Real jobs are also likely to engage in the use of his image.
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