Xiaomi Fires Employee Who Used Artist’s Work Without Permission
Xioami has officially released a statement on yesterday’s act for using artist’s property without licensing.
Xiaomi Caught for Stealing Artist’s Work
Xiaomi has stolen artist’s work and converted them into there promotional images. The artwork captured from Xiaomi’s Spain website.
UPDATE [June 20, 2019]: Xiaomi Fires Employee Who Used Artist’s Work Without Permission.
After investigating artist Peter Tarka’s comments on the misuse of his artwork on Xiaomi Spain’s website, Xiaomi has determined that a designer used Peter Tarka’s design without permission. Xiaomi has removed the content from our website and decided to dismiss this employee with immediate effect. We sincerely apologize to Peter Tarka, and for the lapses in our approval process. The employee’s actions go against our company values of respecting intellectual property, and we will further strengthen our internal approval processes to prevent this from happening again. We’ve reached out to Peter Tarka to express our apology.
A new incident could put Xioami in big trouble. Known Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has stolen artist’s work and converted them into there promotional images. The artwork captured from Xiaomi’s Spain website. Xiaomi has stolen not only one or two, but three artworks to promote products in Spain.
This 3D artwork originally created by artist Peter Tarka. He has shared these artworks through his Behance portfolio. You can visit here. The image you see below is what Xiaomi shared on the official Spain website to promote products.
Had a good look? Because now we are going to take a look at the artist’s original image attached below. Xiaomi has just swapped balls and that square with products.
According to the artist Peter Tarka, he created this artworks in May 2019 as a part of installtion collection. So, it looks like Xiaomi has barely changed things. To put its product, designers have just swapped original artwork elements. Oh did you notice that chair? It taken from the another artwork made by Peter Tarka. Check the images below.
Artist Peter Tarka has made a gif to show how artwork has been converted into the Xiaomi’s one to promote their products in Spain. Check the GIF below.
The artist claims that Xiaomi has never contacted him about licensing or commissioning his art. “I’m 100 percent sure they’ve used my pieces cause everything matches perfectly, they only changed the saturation and retouched few elements to not make it so obvious,” Tarka tells The Verge.
Xiaomi is pretty fast in using someone’s property. This is not the first time the company caught for doing this though. Just recently, the company has copied macOS Majove wallpaper and converted it in its own ‘One Day Dynamic Wallpaper’.
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