The farting unicorn at the center of Elon Musk's latest controversy. He created the farting unicorn mug and debuted it on his website in 2010 as a way to poke fun at people who don't really understand how electric cars work. He added: "We can change it to something else if your Dad wants".
"Have asked my team to use a diff example going forward".
Edwards called the image "a direct copy" of her father's work and stated "every element that goes into building the Tesla financially benefits you". Instead, he tweeted at the artist's daughter that it would be "lame" if Edwards sued and that he should just be pleased with the attention.
Wait, so where did this whole farting unicorn come from, exactly? It was used for ceramic mugs Edwards sells through his website Wallyware for $28 a piece. On the back it says "Electric cars are good for the environment because electricity comes from magic". In a since deleted tweet, Musk called it "maybe my favorite mug ever", leading to a boost in global sales, the outlet reported.
It's clearly Edwards' mug.
Edwards did tell Westword, a local newspaper in Denver, that Musk's original tweet in February resulted in him selling 100 coffee mugs.
"The bump in sales wasn't adequate compensation for using my artwork", Edwards told Observer.
But then, in March 2017, Musk tweeted an image of the same unicorn, apparently created on Tesla's sketch pad, an easter egg hidden within the new software update for Tesla cars. Again, all previous tweets Musk made on the matter have all now disappeared as quickly as a unicorn fart in the wind.
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Edwards' Wallypots designs are available here.
So Edwards and his attorney sent Musk a letter last month, asking that Tesla negotiate a price to fairly compensate for the art. Edwards wasn't interested in a cease and desist order-he was fine with Musk using the art, as long as he got paid.
Edwards confirmed to the publisher that he is seeking legal advice on the matter. Later it turned out that the image appeared on promotional materials for Tesla.
Bloomberg reports that in an effort to reach their projected output of 5,000 Model 3 cars a week by the end of June, Tesla has built a tent the size of two football fields outside of their facility in Fremont, California.
Musk, however, claims he's 'offered to pay the guy who drew it twice already for something I don't even want'.
But, well, Musk appears to have got himself embroiled in an argument with the artist's daughter, Lisa Prank, on Twitter.