"It's so flattering to have the guy who created the most fantastic vehicle in the world pick my mug as his favorite ever", Edwards wrote in a blog post a day later. We hope you keep creating more renditions of your farting unicorn, and that people keep buying them.
Edwards spoke with lawyers, who called it a clear case of copyright violation, and had them send a letter to Tesla asking for a sit-down so the pair can reach an amicable solution.
Edward's daughter Robin Edwards, a Seattle musician who goes by her performer name of Lisa Prank, took the fight public on Tuesday when she tweeted at Musk, saying that he'd "ripped off" her father, and demanded to know 'what do you have to say for yourself?'
Musk tweeted a photo of the mug in February 2017, calling it "maybe my favorite mug ever".
"Since half of our electricity comes from coal, the electric auto isn't quite as magical as it seems". Featured in the image was a rough approximation of Edwards' unicorn. Worse still, Edwards learned that the image was also appearing in Tesla's operating system as a small icon-and that the company had even used it in a Christmas message.
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On May 23, his lawyer sent a letter to Tesla offering an "invitation for all parties to continue to benefit from the whimsical, and amazingly spot-on piece of imagery my client created in 2010".
"It's part of their branding now", Edwards told The Guardian. "I'm still a fan of Elon Musk, I just want to change his mind", he continued. [Tom Edwards] can sue for money if he wants, but that's kinda lame. But he's still not impressed that the image has been used so widely by the company.
"Have asked my team to use a diff example going forward". He said Mr Edwards should be happy "this attention increased his mug sales". "How much money does your Dad want for this bad transgression?" Musk claimed he wasn't responsible and said the image was "chosen randomly" by his software team as a joke, which they didn't tell him about in advance.
As of Wednesday, the unicorn still appeared on the Tesla touchscreen and after The Guardian published its report, Musk sent another since deleted tweet to the artist's daughter saying he "popularized" the mug "for free" and wanted to know "how much money does your dad want for this bad transgression?"
It is a dark time, indeed, as even the highest courts in the land struggle to identify and uphold our country's most foundational values, like freedom of religion, but this appropriation of a farting unicorn is the final bridge.
Care to weigh in, Grimes?