Nicolas Magand on the internet

Comments about tech, media, nature, &c.

My name is Nicolas Magand and I live in Paris, France. I work as a social media and engagement editor at the Global Editors Network, a non-profit aimed at promoting innovation and sustainability in the news industry. Here I blog mostly about tech and media, but many other topics can face my enthusiasm.

Crappy behavior over unicorn poop

Sam Levin for the Guardian, writing about the dispute between a potter and Tesla, regarding the unlicensed use of a drawing:

Musk, however, seems uninterested in compensating or crediting the artist. Instead, he tweeted at Edwards’ daughter this week that it would be “lame” to sue and that the potter should be grateful for the “attention”.

The dispute may seem low-stakes relative to the litany of scandals plaguing the electric car company – workplace safety complaints, major layoffs; high-profile “autopilot” car crashes, an exodus of executives, a suit against a whistleblower, and intense pressure to reach mass production of a new model.

But the use of Edwards’ work without compensation highlights what artists say is the kind of corporate theft and copyright infringement that has become rampant – forcing independent artists to engage in expensive legal battles to get credited and paid.

I already wrote about Musk's shitty behavior on this blog, but this is an unexpected new chapter. A company like Tesla using the drawing of a guy who asks nicely to solve the issue should have settled this quietly before the press gets its hands on it. You would think Musk would know better, especially in these perceived trouble times for Tesla, but apparently that is not the case.

Whenever Musk or one of his company is critized, he just complains on Twitter. Musk is a very smart guy, and he knows the blind loyalty of his community of fans will just give him a pass, and he is using this power very efficiently, even if it involves discrediting the press. Sadly, a "populist" tactic that is far too popular these days.