Crystal Castles Replies

I wrote this little post about what I thought was a case of copyright infringement by Crystal Castles on the artist Trevor Brown. Naturally, I didn’t have all the facts. To that effect, Andy has sent me his comments via email. I have chosen to post the other side of the story here.

Your article on CC is extremely biased. It seems you have believed Trevor’s fabricated tale which has been designed to get his own website attention.

The band would never steal art from anyone, they had Trevor’s permissioni 2006. By fluke the band became successful and Trevor changed his mind about the band using his art, therefore the band STOPPED SELLING THE SHIRTS. Trevor wanted retroactive payment for the shirts, the band tried to pay him to keep him happy and to show they appreciated his talent.

Yes the band’s lawyer wrote an unfair contract, the band had the lawyer ammend the contract and delete the unfairness. These are facts Trevor would never tell you on his website. Instead of helping him bring attention to his own website I would appreciate it if you would delete your post. This is unfairly hurting the band! They have tried everything in their power to keep him happy, they have stopped selling his shirts, even though they were printed with his permission.

Crystal Castles Controversy Redux

The band Crystal Castles (wiki) has allegedly stolen art from Trevor Brown. This accusation stems from the artist Brown.

The art in question (a drawing of Madonna with a black eye) has been used for the cover of a 7″, thousands of t-shirts and was proposed for the cover of their album (which was refused by their distribution company). They have yet to pay Brown for the use of this image.

Crystal Castles say that they have paid the artist and amended the initial contract. Brown’s account is only his side. Please read this to see the other side of the story.

Read Trevor Brown’s side of the story over at his blog.