The Todd Settlement



MAY 2, 2007

Artists David Kelly and Todd Goldman have agreed to settle and end the recent claim that Mr. Goldman utilized an image and caption belonging to Mr. Kelly in an original painting without his permission. In early April, an internet site noted the similarity of a recent Goldman painting to a web cartoon panel produced six years ago by Mr. Kelly. Mr. Goldman has agreed to pay Mr. Kelly the full proceeds from the sale of the two paintings in exchange for a perpetual non-exclusive license for the image and its caption (“the “Work”). “It was a mistake on my part to not research the source for this Work which was sent to me over the internet by a friend. “Until a few weeks ago, I had no knowledge of Mr. Kelly or his body of online cartoon and animation work,” said Goldman.

Mr. Kelly has accepted Mr. Goldman's explanation and payment of the license fee and calls for the internet sites and all interested parties to acknowledge that Mr. Goldman’s use of the Work was an unintentional legitimate mistake and that there should be no further debate on the matter. Mr. Goldman’s two paintings which depict Mr. Kelly’s image and caption have a legally valid and enforceable license from Mr. Kelly. Mr. Goldman has agreed that he will not paint this image for any future commissions or exhibitions or otherwise use it for any further commercial purposes. Each of the artists have declared their intention to move on in their respective fields and encourage their supporters, friends, and patrons to do likewise.

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Interesting. I guess all the other stuff* is just a string of coincidences. Provided he receives oodles of art submissions via the Internet by friends, of course. I'm not saying either way, but I will say it'll be a cold day in hell before I'll knowingly purchase anything he has to sell.

Moving on...

*Read it while it's hot. The guy running the site has received a take down notice from Todd's lawyers. It seems several other sites have capitulated already in regards to their own articles, including WIRED and Wikipedia. It's disappearing under the rug as you read this. Doubleplus ungood.


Lou said…
Thanks for sharing this with us. It was a very interesting read. It seems ironic that there are so many similarities to all those and he was not aware of the original owners. It also makes me sick that he gets that much money for his "recycled" work.
Anonymous said…
Oh man, that's just wrong... thanks for sharing it!!

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