IndependentVik wrote:I have to side with the rest, Adder; I'm irritated about this and I didn't even vote for the design (though I really did like the colors). If they rejected it and said "use of copyrighted characters with insufficient parody", fine, but the videogame rule being invoked stretches credulity.
And yes, I read your KKK analogy in another post. Like most of your analogies, it's needlessly inflammatory and has little to do with the perceived violation of the actual design in question. Of course, nobody wants a KKK entry. That's much less of a no-brainer than whether this design violates IP law.
My main issue is that woot killed this entry for the dumbest possible reason and yet ramy's entry, which has nothing to do with the theme (and will likely print terribly) has escaped the rejectionator's wrath.
At woot, everything is a no-brainer.
I think it is a dumb reason for rejection, but I think people are mad because woot doesn't know their Turtles. Which is idiotic. This is not 80sculture.woot.com.
Objectively, what is so great about this shirt that requires such outrage? What is so special and original? How is it more than just using someone else's intellectual property? While I completely agree that Ramy's garbage should be rejected for being offtheme and unprintable, Ramy usually only plagiarizes himself and unknown "how to draw desu" guides. And occasionally the guy who did Staring contest.
That one person's trash isn't rejected is a pretty weak reason to defend a piece that is pretty clearly not parody. I agree that woot doesn't know their Turtle history. But when I care about them knowing their turtle history more than I care about them rejecting pop-culture without commentary or strong parody, that is when I'll complain that they goofed up which came first.
The video game excuse is simply to get rid of a shirt they wanted nothing to do with. When they can find a good excuse to do the same with Ramy, I'm sure they will. But until then, we all know they're a double edged sword. We need to be mad at what they don't do, but happy for the good decisions they make, few as they are. And axing this design was an excellent decision.