Gap Steal Judas Priest Artwork

US clothing retailer Gap is selling a kids' t-shirt featuring graphics stolen from Judas Priest, says Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher.

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US clothing retailer Gap is selling a kids' t-shirt featuring graphics stolen from Judas Priest, says Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher.

He's pointed out that a two-tone shirt bearing a metal eagle on an orange oval background looks dramatically similar to the album cover of Priest's "Screaming For Vengeance" album, due for its 30th anniversary release in September.

Kelliher says via his Tumblr feed: "Leave it to the Gap to steal ideas for kid t-shirts. Seriously poor taste."

It's not the first time Gap have been accused of plagiarism. Another clothing firm last month launched a lawsuit against them, alleging they recycled two designs they had not created.

Last year a photographer revealed how the chain had used his photo of an E-type Jaguar for a kids' thermal onesie.

Meanwhile, Priest frontman Rob Halford says work on their first album since the departure of Kk Downing is going well. He tells Billboard how new recruit Ritchie Faulkner is taking the lead at the moment: "He was taking this little mini-studio into his dressing room and we could hear him riffing away.

It's going to be really thrilling moment to get together in a new writing dimension, putting all these ideas together. We'll see what we can do over the next couple of months, look at everything, lay it all out and then start the hard work of picking out the best material."

Thanks to Classicrockmagazine for the report.

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    Glass Prisoner
    metalgod96 wrote: Is there a photo of the design anywhere? I'd like to see it for myself before I pass judgement on whether or not Gap is plagiarizing.
    Did you even attempt to Google "Judas Priest Gap"?
    Maiden95
    Glass Prisoner wrote: metalgod96 wrote: Is there a photo of the design anywhere? I'd like to see it for myself before I pass judgement on whether or not Gap is plagiarizing. Did you even attempt to Google "Judas Priest Gap"?
    Just did. And in all honesty, I would have bought the shirt at the Gap thinking it was a Priest shirt.
    UniformRecon
    It's a pretty obvious plagiarism case to me. Even the position of the bird's limbs are the same, just facing the top-right.
    ChucklesMginty
    Ibeanez wrote: Um, Judas Priest didn't exactly invent that concept.
    Nonsense, everyone knows Rob Halford invented birds.
    Abacus11
    I didn't know that the Gap still existed. I remember it as a place where douchebags shopped in the 90's.
    stoltobot
    Glass Prisoner wrote: metalgod96 wrote: Is there a photo of the design anywhere? I'd like to see it for myself before I pass judgement on whether or not Gap is plagiarizing. Did you even attempt to Google "Judas Priest Gap"?
    Burden of proof is falls on the reporter. Good journalism does not make the receiver do the investigation.
    Skullivan
    If it was just the eagle/metal bird thing, then I would say it's just a close coincidence. But the red circle really makes it almost a direct copy.
    moxell1
    Smegal wrote: Inspired by, maybe. But stolen no. There is enough creative difference to be a different idea. The similarities are a metallic bird flying past the sun but that's it. To say this is stolen is like saying an idea can be copyrighted, and if this is somehow held up in a court somewhere it would open the gates for plagiarism suits everywhere because people would claim their poses count as enough creative merit. It's like this. How many films use the same crappy archetypes for characters, this is because you cannot copyright an idea, these characters are fictional and imagined yes, and certainly if I were to make a horror movie with a character called Michael Myers I could be sued. But if i had a different name but the character wore a spray painted Shatner mask and never spoke I couldn't be sued because certain things cannot be protected. They likely wont do so, but it would be best if gap said the artist was inspired by him. But they are under no obligation to do so.
    In this case there would be a real risk of consumer confusion. The resemblance is close enough that an average consumer (not a hardcore fan) could mistake it as a genuine shirt. Since the artwork is copyrighted, JP's lawyers should file an injunction to pull them from the shelves, sue for a fat percentage of any sales to date, and a nice punitive damages (if allowed in the jurisdiction) to discourage this shady practice.
    metalgod96
    Is there a photo of the design anywhere? I'd like to see it for myself before I pass judgement on whether or not Gap is plagiarizing.
    zalant
    MightAndMusic wrote: So were they breaking the law?
    If the Gap gets sued, then some heads are gonna roll.
    qrEE
    That's totally stolen. As a person who has the original shirt, I find it ridiculous for anyone to want the gap version.
    zalant
    Anyone who claims that it's not at least very derivative is flat-out lying. I think the Gap has enough cash flow to throw some in the direction of the Priest boys.
    L.T Kickass
    leony03 wrote: party_on_wayne wrote: Does anyone else realize that Bill Kelliher must've either been at Gap looking for children's clothes, or online looking for children's clothes? Not sure which is worse. It's just as bad that I'm wearing a Gap shirt right now actually. Sigh. Seriously though, looks pretty similar. Buying for his son or nephew maybe? To me, its just too similar to be coincidence. Sue them!
    Bill Kelliher has two sons. So probably for them.
    Maiden95
    metalgod96 wrote: Is there a photo of the design anywhere? I'd like to see it for myself before I pass judgement on whether or not Gap is plagiarizing.
    Exactly. Pics or it didn't happen.
    dakielster
    BAD memories about GAP. My mom always shopped for my clothes when I was little there.Boring one color clothes with their ugly as logo spread all across the center. I can't believe they still exist.
    chickenfoot
    If I saw someone with that shirt, I'd probably say : ''nice Priest shirt dude!'' But no, it's not the same so it ain't plagiarism. If it were, almost everything would be.
    richard_edwards
    It's not the same image, therefore it's not copyrighted. It's been drawn from scratch. Yes, there are similarities, but I don't think there's much Priest can do if they wanted to pursue it.
    Blazingguns00
    ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: Um, Judas Priest didn't exactly invent that concept. Nonsense, everyone knows Rob Halford invented birds.
    omfg JOKES
    guitar7masta
    Very similar? Yes. Close enough to sue over? No. Judas Priest aren't the kind of band to sue over stupid crap like this either, so I'm not expecting much to happen over this.
    felixramsey
    So if you put a picture of some horses running on a shirt, then you're stealing ideas from Bob Seger? Is it even possible to NOT steal from people anymore then?
    mr7string
    Sure its similar in the fact that it has a metal bird on it, but i highly doubt JP were the first people in existence to put a metal bird on anything?!
    leony03
    party_on_wayne wrote: Does anyone else realize that Bill Kelliher must've either been at Gap looking for children's clothes, or online looking for children's clothes? Not sure which is worse. It's just as bad that I'm wearing a Gap shirt right now actually. Sigh. Seriously though, looks pretty similar.
    Buying for his son or nephew maybe? To me, its just too similar to be coincidence. Sue them!
    party_on_wayne
    Does anyone else realize that Bill Kelliher must've either been at Gap looking for children's clothes, or online looking for children's clothes? Not sure which is worse. It's just as bad that I'm wearing a Gap shirt right now actually. Sigh. Seriously though, looks pretty similar.
    Smegal
    Inspired by, maybe. But stolen no. There is enough creative difference to be a different idea. The similarities are a metallic bird flying past the sun but that's it. To say this is stolen is like saying an idea can be copyrighted, and if this is somehow held up in a court somewhere it would open the gates for plagiarism suits everywhere because people would claim their poses count as enough creative merit. It's like this. How many films use the same crappy archetypes for characters, this is because you cannot copyright an idea, these characters are fictional and imagined yes, and certainly if I were to make a horror movie with a character called Michael Myers I could be sued. But if i had a different name but the character wore a spray painted Shatner mask and never spoke I couldn't be sued because certain things cannot be protected. They likely wont do so, but it would be best if gap said the artist was inspired by him. But they are under no obligation to do so.
    l0ld4v3
    The shirt looks good, I wish I had found a shirt like that when I was a kid. I wonder why the Mastodon (who?) d00d says that it's "poor taste" to be inspired by Judas Priest.
    BaptizedinFire
    Oh, boohoo. I really don't see the problem. First off, even though everyone can see that the idea is 100% copied from Priest, this Gap shirt still looks hideous. I don't see why anyone would want to wear it. Secondly, the original cover is still available on t-shirts, and Bill Kelliher is free to buy the official merchandise if that's what he prefers. I actually think it's kinda nice when someone other than your record company makes bootlegged merchandise, however poor the quality. It proves that Priest have made an impression that is so great, everyone wants a piece of their success. The fact that you've got official merchandise doesn't prove anything about the impact you've made.
    Miyagi84
    Before even opening this article and just reading the headlines I had a feeling that the album cover was from Screaming for Vengeance.
    Smegal
    moxell1 wrote: Smegal wrote: Inspired by, maybe. But stolen no. There is enough creative difference to be a different idea. The similarities are a metallic bird flying past the sun but that's it. To say this is stolen is like saying an idea can be copyrighted, and if this is somehow held up in a court somewhere it would open the gates for plagiarism suits everywhere because people would claim their poses count as enough creative merit. It's like this. How many films use the same crappy archetypes for characters, this is because you cannot copyright an idea, these characters are fictional and imagined yes, and certainly if I were to make a horror movie with a character called Michael Myers I could be sued. But if i had a different name but the character wore a spray painted Shatner mask and never spoke I couldn't be sued because certain things cannot be protected. They likely wont do so, but it would be best if gap said the artist was inspired by him. But they are under no obligation to do so. In this case there would be a real risk of consumer confusion. The resemblance is close enough that an average consumer (not a hardcore fan) could mistake it as a genuine shirt. Since the artwork is copyrighted, JP's lawyers should file an injunction to pull them from the shelves, sue for a fat percentage of any sales to date, and a nice punitive damages (if allowed in the jurisdiction) to discourage this shady practice.
    Firstly I checked with an artist on this matter, The inform me that there is enough differences to not be a copy. The pose IS different, not just angled. I'm speaking with unbiased views on both parties and I agree with the opinion of the artist I asked. The album artwork IS copyrighted but hew does not own the copyright to metallic birds. The two are similar yes, but they are not the same by a long margin.
    l0ld4v3
    Some people really like courts and paying lawyer fees. A band as big as Judas Priest, fighting over this, lol, they're not Metallica you know.