Yesterday I mentioned that Todd Goldman had started unleashing his lawyers on sites that were posting about his latest act of thievery. He wanted all slanderous material taken down. This from a guy who’s initial reaction to the accusation was to call the guy he stole from a pedophile.
Honestly before this latest dust up I’d never heard of this Todd Goldman character. I hit up his website and was immediately unimpressed. I pegged him as a hack artist with some catchy slogans that he knew how to market. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. The problem is that it’s looking more and more like he’s also a thief. I had a dozen or so readers direct me to this site after my post yesterday.
Then, later I got an email from an illustrator/graphic designer that was pretty interesting. He asked me not to use his name but here’s what he had to say:
I love your work, and I’ve been a fan for ages. I myself am a designer/illustrator, and I’ve got some extra info on Goldman that you might find interesting.
About a year ago, David and Goliath contacted me to produce a series of ‘Threadless like’ shirt designs. I no longer have the original email, so I can’t say for sure whether it was Goldman who emailed me personally. Anyway, I declined because I’m pretty good friends with the guys at Threadless and I didn’t feel like ripping their style for someone else. It turns out he didn’t need me after all, because this week David and Goliath released this series of shirts, which bears a striking resemblance to those currently for sale at Threadless. Check the comparison image linked below:
You can look at all that material and come to your own conclusions about the guy. Personally I’m leaning towards thief.
Judging by the ferocity of his lawyers I’d say he’s genuinely worried about a hand full of people on the Internet potentially doing some real damage to his multi million dollar company. What’s funny is that his company is actually called David and Goliath. I have a feeling the irony is lost on him.
So our ping pong games have not been going so well. We’ve taken steps recently to ensure that our future games go better. I don’t want to say too much right now but here’s a picture. This arrived yesterday morning.