Paul Smith ripped off Robert Hodgin!

Apparently one of designer Paul Smith’s patterns is a pixel-by-pixel copy of a Flickr image by Robert Hodgin (who wrote the Magnetosphere visualizer that is now the default visualizer in iTunes, and who has also been an immense help to me with my Processing code)!

Robert says, to be fair, that the “birds” in his images come from other people’s Flickr pics. But so far as I can tell, Robert traced images of birds to create silhouettes for his piece. Smith simply copied Robert’s work.

That’s some sad shit. I hope Smith compensates Robert somehow, even if it was just one of his designers who ripped Robert off.

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