There is this photographer on Etsy with a lot of sales. And he has a lot of pieces of work that look a lot like other people’s. There are even other people’s items listed in his favorites that are now in his shop. How many coincidences does it take to shift “influenced by” or “inspired by” to “I copied this”. Or “I stole this”?
Original which he has listed as a favorite (screen shot available as this will probably be removed from his favorites):
His inspired (?) version:
Original, again he has listed as a favorite:
And his ‘inspired’ version:
On sale from another since at least December 2009 as far as we can find:
On sale since March 2009 at least too:
inspired, was he?
Long existing listings by another:
His latest inspiration? Come on, the boy cannot come up with an original idea!
Too many of these ‘carnival’ type shots to list, just look at this selection from one seller here (this is a second shop, the other has been opened since 2008):
And compare his newly added ‘inspiration’:
On sale since March as far as we can tell as well, he seems to like this other guys stuff a lot:
Oh, he removed that one and rightly so, it is rather awful and pretty obvious, but you can still see it here (yes, we have kept a screen shot of this as well):
OOh boy, this should be an interesting discussion! -ECO